Category Archives: awards and honors

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks wins Templeton Prize

It was announced this morning that Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, chief Rabbi of the UK and Commonwealth from 1991 to 2013, will receive this year’s £1.1 million Templeton Prize. As the Jerusalem Post noted: Sacks said the prize money would enable and encourage him to continue his work promoting the voice of religion in the public […]

My new toy!

Sue Strandberg, who notes that she comments on this site under the name “Sastra,” is responsible for designing the Richard Dawkins Award trophies and getting them made. Each statue is tailored to the work or interests of the recipient. The only limitation is that the object must be a replica of a fossil. So, for example, […]

Writer Svetlana Alexievich of Belarus wins Nobel Prize for literature

The Nobel Prizes I follow most closely are those in biology (“Physiology or Medicine”) and literature. This year’s literature prize was just announced, and it went to Svetlana Alexievich, a writer from Belarus born in 1948. I’m ashamed to say I hadn’t heard of her, but the Nobel Committee cited her for “her polyphonic writings, a monument to […]

Nobel Prizes go to three for malaria and roundworm treatment

It’s Nobel season again, and I’ve again put the bottle of champagne to chill in my lab refrigerator (it’s now three decades old). But sadly, the Prize in Medicine or Physiology was just awarded to three people, none of them named Coyne. The Nobel website is short on details (and lacking photos), but the Guardian has more […]

Royal Society book award tonight: Matthew is a contender!

As I’ve mentioned before, Matthew Cobb, who writes often for this site, is a candidate for the Royal Society’s Winton Prize for science books. His book, Life’s Greatest Secret: The Story of the Race to Crack the Genetic Code, is one of six contenders (you can get a pdf of the first chapter for free at […]

Exclusive pictures: the Crafoord Prize in Biosciences

On January 15 I announced that the prestigious Crafoord Prize in Biosciences was awarded jointly to my Ph.D. advisor Dick Lewontin and Tomoka Ohta for their work on genetic variation in natural populations. (See the press release here.) I am pleased to present the photographs of the May 6 ceremony in Stockholm, in which the King of […]

Life’s Greatest Secret shortlisted for book prize!

JAC: I am so pleased that Matthew’s book has gotten this honor. It’s a terrific read, especially if you have any interest in genetics or biology in general (and, if you visit here, you should). As I said in my cover blub on Life’s Greatest Secret, I see it as the logical successor to Jim Watson’s The […]

“The Hitch”, a wonderful new film about Hitchens: and it’s free!

Matthew Cobb called my attention to a tw**t by Richard Dawkins: And, sure enough, there’s a one hour and 22 minute documentary about Hitchens that I’d somehow missed. Perhaps readers have seen it before, as it’s been posted for 11 months. I’ve now watched it, and it is indeed very good. Take some time, put it […]

Neil Shubin wins “Friend of Darwin” award

I’m pleased to announce that my colleague Neil Shubin, paleobiologist, developmental biologist, and of course a co-discoverer of the “fishapod” Tiktaalik, has won the National Center for Science Education’s “Friend of Darwin” award. There’s an announcement on PuffHo by NCSE director Ann Reid, recounting some of Shubin’s achievements.

Hili has a Big Announcement about Professor Ceiling Cat

Hili has something to tell you: here’s her dialogue with Andrzej: Hili: Open the Wikipedia entry with Jerry Coyne… A: It’s open now… Hili: It must be updated: my Jerry just got the Richard Dawkins Award from The Atheist Alliance of America! A: How do you know?! Hili: I knew it for ages but it […]


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