The Darwin-Wallace Medal

Awarded to a person or group who have made major advances in evolutionary science.

Previously awarded to commemorate the 50th,100th and 150th anniversaries of the reading of the joint paper by Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace "On the Tendency of Species to form Varieties; and the Perpetuation of Varieties and Species by Natural Means of Selection", which was read on 1 July 1858, and published by the Linnean Society. In recognition of the continuing importance of research on evolutionary biology, the Council of the Society announced in 2008 that the medal would be awarded annually from 2010.

Eligibility Criteria:


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  • Open to any scientist of any nationality, in the field of the understanding of evolution
  • For their major advances in evolutionary science and contribution to the wider natural history community, e.g. editorial and/or committee/policy work/public engagement
  • Nominee cannot, at the time of nomination, be a member of Council
  • Nominee does not need to be a Fellow of the Society
  • We do not accept self-nominations

Nominations should be submitted by completing the downloadable form and sending to by 30 November.

Recipients of the Darwin-Wallace Medal
  • Svante Pääbo and David Reich
  • Josephine Pemberton (2018)
  • John Thompson (2017)
  • Pamela and Douglas Soltis (2016)
  • Roger Butlin (2015)
  • Dolph Schluter (2014)
  • Godfrey Hewitt (2013)
  • Loren Henry Rieseberg (2012)
  • James Lake (2011)
  • Brian Charlesworth (2010)
  • In 2009 the recipients of the Darwin-Wallace Medal were Nick Barton, M.W. Chase, Bryan Clarke, Joseph Felsenstein, Stephen Jay Gould (posthumously), Peter R. Grant, Rosemary Grant, James Mallet, Lynn Margulis, John Maynard Smith (posthumously), Mohamed Noor, H. Allen Orr, Linda Partridge
  • In 1958 the recipients of the Darwin-Wallace Medal were Edgar Anderson, Maurice Caullery, Ronal A. Fisher, C.R. Florin, J.B.S Haldane, Roger Heim, John Hutchinson, Julian Huxley, Ernst Mayr, H.J. Muller, E. Pavlovsky, Bernhard Rensch, G. Gaylor Simpson, Carl Skottsberg, E.A. Stensio, H. Hamshaw Thomas. G.V. Turesson, E. vn Straelen, D.M.S. Watson and J.C. Willis (posthumously).
  • In 1908 the recipients of the Darwin-Wallace Medal were in Gold; Alfred Russel Wallace and in Silver; Joseph D. Hooker, Ernst Haeckel, Eduard Strasburger, August Weisman, Francis Galton and E. Ray Lankester.
Dr Josephine Pemberton
Dr Josephine Pemberton, Medal winner 2018
Dr John Thompson
Dr John Thompson, Medal winner 2017