British Academy Medal

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The British Academy Medal is awarded annually by the British Academy to up to three individuals or groups. It is awarded for "outstanding achievement that has transformed understanding of a particular subject or field of study in ... any branch of the humanities and social sciences". It was first awarded in 2013.[1][2] It is the first medal awarded by the British Academy for any subject within the remit of the academy.[2] According to a reputation survey conducted in 2018, it is the third most prestigious interdisciplinary award in the social sciences, after the Holberg Prize and the Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research.[3]

List of recipients[edit]


Three people were awarded the British Academy Medal in 2013.[2]


Three people were awarded the British Academy Medal in 2014.[4]


Three people were awarded the British Academy Medal in 2015.[5]

  • Professor Patricia Clavin, for Securing The World Economy: The Reinvention of the League of Nations 1920-1946 (Oxford University Press, 2013)
  • Professor R. F. Foster FBA, for Vivid Faces: The Revolutionary Generation in Ireland 1890-1923 (Allen Lane, 2014)
  • Professor Robert Fowler FBA, for Early Greek Mythography Volume 2: Commentary (Oxford University Press, 2013)


Three people were awarded the British Academy Medal in 2016.[6]

  • Professor Tim Blanning FBA, for Frederick the Great: King of Prussia (Allen Lane, 2015)
  • Dr Susan E. Kelly, for Charters of Chertsey Abbey (British Academy, 2015) and Charters of Christ Church Canterbury (British Academy, 2013)
  • Professor David Lowenthal FBA, for The Past is a Foreign Country – Revisited (Cambridge University Press, 2015)


On 27 September 2017, three individuals were awarded the British Academy Medal:[7]

  • Professor Antony Griffiths FBA, for The Print Before Photography: An Introduction to European Printmaking 1550-1820 (2016)
  • Professor Avi Shlaim FBA, for lifetime achievement
  • Professor Dame Marina Warner DBE CBE FBA, for lifetime achievement


On 20 August 2018, three individuals were awarded the British Academy Medal:[8]

  • Dr Miriam Griffin, for lifetime achievement
  • Dr Timothy Bruce Mitford, FSA, for East of Asia Minor: Rome’s Hidden Frontier, Vols I & II (Oxford University Press, 2018)
  • Professor Catherine Whistler, for Venice and Drawing, 1500–1800: Theory, Practice and Collection (Yale University Press, 2016)


In 2019, one individual was awarded the British Academy Medal:[9]

  • Professor Naomi Oreskes, for Merchants of Doubt (Bloomsbury Press, 2010) and The Collapse of Western Civilization (Columbia University Press, 2014), and for her commitment to documenting the role of corporations in distorting scientific findings for political ends

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The British Academy Medal". British Academy. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "British Academy launches medal for landmark research". British Academy. 14 November 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  3. ^ Jiang, Fan; Liu, Niancai (2018). "The hierarchical status of international academic awards in social sciences". Scientometrics. doi:10.1007/s11192-018-2928-y.
  4. ^ "British Academy Prizes and Medals Ceremony 2014". British Academy. 25 November 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  5. ^ "British Academy announces 2015 prize and medal winners". British Academy. 29 September 2015. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  6. ^ "British Academy announces 2016 prizes and medal winners". British Academy. 27 September 2016. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  7. ^ "From Wikipedia to Roman coins: British Academy recognises excellence in the humanities and social sciences". The British Academy. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Award-winning journalists, prehistorians and world-leading economists honoured with prestigious British Academy prizes and medals". British Academy. 20 August 2018. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Prize and medal winners 2019". The British Academy. Retrieved 30 March 2020.