The John Spedan Lewis Medal

The John Spedan Lewis Medal is currently under review and will not be awarded in 2020. Applications will not be accepted in 2019, until further notice.

John Spedan Lewis was the founder of the John Lewis Partnership: he was a skilled business man, but considered himself first and foremost a naturalist. He was a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London from 1933 until his death in 1963. The following year the John Spedan Lewis Foundation was established to support projects closely aligned to Spedan’s personal interests in the field of natural history.

The Trustees of the John Spedan Lewis Foundation decided to commission a medal to mark the 50th anniversary of the Foundation. The medal is now administered by the Linnean Society and will be awarded annually at the Anniversary Meeting of the Linnean Society of London to an individual based in the UK, who is making a significant and innovative contribution to conservation, particularly in the fields of either ornithology, entomology or horticulture, whether in Britain or overseas. Current members of Council will be ineligible for the award. Nominations to Council should be made using the form below.

Dr John Burton FLS, Medal Winner 2019
Dr John Burton FLS, Medal Winner 2019

Each year the closing date for nominations is the 31st December.

Neither nominators nor nominees are required to be Fellows of the Linnean Society.

Previous winners:

  • John Burton (2019)
  • Marcella Corcoran (2018)
  • Lynn Dicks (2017)
  • Edgar Turner (2016)
  • Mercy Morris (2015)