Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization
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The Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization is an annual $5,000 award presented in honor of the late scientist Carl Sagan by Wonderfest, the San Francisco Bay Area Beacon of Science, to a scientist who has "contributed mightily to the public understanding and appreciation of science."
The scientist receiving the prize must be a resident of one of the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties, and have "a history of accomplishment in scientific research." Though administered by nonprofit Wonderfest, the Sagan Prize was funded by Google in 2015, and by Annual Reviews in 2002 through 2010. (Lack of funding inhibited presentation of the Prize in the intervening years, 2011-2014.)
Sagan Prize recipients
The following have received the Carl Sagan Prize:
- 2018 — Peter Gleick, Co-founder, President-emeritus, Pacific Institute 
- 2017 — Jennifer A. Doudna, Professor of Chemistry and of Molecular & Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley
- 2016 — Gibor Basri, Professor of the Graduate School, Professor Emeritus of Astronomy, University of California, Berkeley
- 2015 — Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer and Director, Center for SETI Research, SETI Institute
- 2010 — Donald Kennedy, Emeritus President and Professor of Environmental Science, Stanford University
- 2009 — Geoff Marcy, Professor of Astronomy, University of California, Berkeley
- 2008 — Robert Sapolsky, Professor of Biology and Neurology, Stanford University
- 2007 — Keith Devlin, Executive Director, Human-Sciences and Technologies Advanced Research Institute, Stanford
- 2006 — Paul Berg, Professor of Biochemistry, Stanford University
- 2005 — Jill Tarter, Director, Center for SETI Research, SETI Institute
- 2004 — Alex Filippenko, Professor of Astronomy, University of California, Berkeley
- 2003 — Kevin Padian, Professor of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley
- 2002 — Andrew Fraknoi, Professor of Astronomy, Foothill College
Wonderfest's Sagan Prize Selection Committee recommends each year's recipient to Wonderfest's Board of Directors, and the Board then formally confirms (or rejects) the recommendation. Wonderfest's long-term goal in presenting the Sagan Prize is to encourage science researchers to make science insights accessible to the general public — thereby promoting the scientific outlook and enlarging the concept of "scientific community."
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