Category Archives: awards and honors

Family business: Daniel Matute wins Dobzhansky Prize, and Matthew’s cats

I’m very proud to report that my last student, Dr. Daniel Matute, has been awarded the Dobzhansky Prize from the Society of the Study of Evolution. The award and description of Daniel’s work is here.  The prize, which comes with a generous emolument, is perhaps the most prestigious award conferred on a beginning evolutionary biologist. In 2011 Daniel also […]

More about ME 2: My poster

The lovely people at the Discovery Institute granted my wish to possess a poster of my award for being their “Censor of the Year.” They made one, and it arrived by Fedex this morning: The DI people are so oblivious that I suspect they thought I’d be chagrined rather than pleased to receive it; nor […]

More about ME: I’m Polish Rationalist of the year, and I’m not even Polish

Each year the Polish Society of Rationalists (“Polskie Stowarzyszenie Racjonalistów”) gives out a Rationalist of the Year award. Actually, there are two: one for a Polish rationalist and the other for a foreign one. I’m chuffed to announce that this year, according to the PSR’s website, I’m the foreign awardee.  They promised to translate the […]

Sean Carroll nabs prestigious science book prize

Our own Official Website Physicist™, Sean Carroll, has nabbed the prestigious Royal Society Winton Book Prize for 2013. It’s for popular science writing, and his winning volume, which I’ve recommended here, is The Particle at the End of the Universe: How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New […]

Alice Munro wins Nobel Prize for Literature

Again from the BBC, we learn that Canadian author Alice Munro (born 1931) has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.  I’m sorry to say I’ve read nothing by her, though this will inspire me to do so. If you’ve read her, please weigh in below. And next year, can it please be Salman Rushdie?

Malala wins Sakharov Prize

According to the BBC, Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban (a year ago yesterday) for the horrific crime of trying to go to school, has just been awarded the prestigious Sakharov Prize by the EU.  That’s not only for her courage, of course, but for her blogging for the […]

Physics Nobel goes to Englert and Higgs; Sean Carroll kvetches a bit

Well, contrary to Sean Carroll’s guess, the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded this morning to Peter Higgs and Francois Englert. The news came out only about 20 minutes ago, and is the subject of a terse New York Times piece: STOCKHOLM — Physicists Francois Englert of Belgium and Peter Higgs of Britain have won […]

Steve Pinker gets Dawkins Award

Here’s your post for today (auf Englisch). Perhaps Matthew or Greg will fill the gap. Alert reader Chris sent me this information: Just in case you hadn’t heard, Steve Pinker was this years recipient of the Richard Dawkins Award from Atheist Alliance of America. This YouTube video just went up with a lovely tribute from […]

Interlude: Feynman on honors

The post about atheism in UK scientists will go up in about 1.5 hours; in the meantime, listen to Feynman on scientific honors. As you’ll see from the video, Feynman feels pretty much the way I do about scientific honors. The real honor is being able to see something that nobody else has ever seen—to […]

JREF’s Pigasus Awards

In this 7-minute video, James Randi announces the annual “Pigasus Awards,” which are described in detail, along with the requirements for winning, at the James Randi Educational Foundation. I won’t divulge the winners in print, except for the “Refusal to Face Reality” award won by the infamous Dr. Oz. Oz has now set a record, […]


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