Lewis Thomas Prize

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The Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science, named for its first recipient, Lewis Thomas, is an annual literary prize awarded by The Rockefeller University[1] to scientists or physicians deemed to have accomplished a significant literary achievement; it recognizes "scientists as poets." Originally called the Lewis Thomas Prize for the Scientist as Poet, the award was first given in 1993. Recipients' writings bridge the gap between the laboratory and the wider world, in the spirit of Lewis Thomas' collection of essays The Lives of a Cell.[2]

The prize-giving ceremony is usually in the form of a lecture; winners receive a medal, a citation, and a cash award.

Subsequent recipients of the prize, awarded first for the year 1993 to Thomas, have been:

Videos of Lewis Thomas Prize lectures[edit]


  1. ^ About the Lewis Thomas Prize
  2. ^ The Lives of a Cell / Goodreads
  3. ^ French Nobelist, Author, to Receive 1994 Lewis Thomas Prize from Rockefeller University
  4. ^ "Biografia de Abraham Pais | Su vida y Quién fue". Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  5. ^ Rockefeller physicist and award-winning writer Abraham Pais to receive 1995 Lewis Thomas Prize
  6. ^ Brower, Kenneth (2010-10-27). "The Danger of Cosmic Genius". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  7. ^ Lewis Thomas Prize Honors Freeman Dyson
  8. ^ Lewis Thomas Prize Honors Max Perutz
  9. ^ Lewis Thomas Prize Honors Ernst Mayr
  10. ^ Glanz, James (2000). "SCIENTIST AT WORK: Steven Weinberg; Physicist Ponders God, Truth and 'Final Theory'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  11. ^ Garber, Marjorie (2001). Academic Instincts. Princeton, New Jersey, USA: Princeton University Press. pp. 32. ISBN 0-691-04970-X.
  12. ^ Wallis, Claudia. "Oliver Sacks, Who Depicted Brain-Disorder Sufferers' Humanity, Dies". Scientific American. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  13. ^ Oliver Sacks, Awakenings Author, Receives Rockefeller University's Lewis Thomas Prize
  14. ^ columnist, Roger M. Knutson Courier. "COLUMN: Book report". Petoskey News-Review. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  15. ^ Renowned French neuroscientist Jean-Pierre Changeux receives Rockefeller University's science writing prize
  16. ^ "Eisner wins 2005 Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science | Cornell Chronicle". news.cornell.edu. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  17. ^ Thomas Eisner to receive 2005 Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science
  18. ^ Richard Dawkins accepts 2006 Lewis Thomas Prize
  19. ^ "Watson resigns from Cold Spring Harbor lab". UPI. Retrieved 2019-03-28.
  20. ^ Rockefeller University names Robert Sapolsky 2008 Lewis Thomas Prize winner
  21. ^ Martin Rees is 2009 Lewis Thomas Prize winner
  22. ^ Lewis Thomas Prize to be awarded to Kay Redfield Jamison
  23. ^ Surgeon and writer Atul Gawande awarded Lewis Thomas Prize
  24. ^ "The Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science". SIAM News. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  25. ^ Lewis Thomas Prize to honor mathematicians Steven Strogatz and Ian Stewart
  26. ^ "Sean B. Carroll Wins Lewis Thomas Prize". HHMI.org. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  27. ^ Lewis Thomas Prize to be awarded to Sean B. Carroll
  28. ^ "Dr. Sylvia Earle Receives 2017 Lewis Thomas Prize for Science Writing from Rockefeller University". Ocean Elders. 2017-03-06. Retrieved 2019-03-28.
  29. ^ Oceanographer and explorer Sylvia Earle will receive the 2017 Lewis Thomas Prize
  30. ^ "Kip S. Thorne wins the 2018 Lewis Thomas Prize". LIGO Laboratory News. 23 April 2018. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  31. ^ Astrophysicist Kip Thorne to receive Rockefeller's 2018 science writing prize
  32. ^ "Physician-writer Siddhartha Mukherjee will be awarded the 2019 Lewis Thomas Prize". News. Retrieved 2019-03-28.
  33. ^ https://www.rockefeller.edu/news/33750-pioneering-forestry-researcher-suzanne-simard-to-receive-the-2023-lewis-thomas-prize/
  34. ^ https://www.rockefeller.edu/news/35590-theoretical-physicist-carlo-rovelli-to-receive-2024-lewis-thomas-prize/