Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Lecture

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Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Lecture
Awarded for Prize lecture given on a subject relating to the history, philosophy or social function of science.
Sponsored by Royal Society
Website royalsociety.org/awards/wilkins-bernal-medawar

The Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Lecture is a public lecture organised annually by the Royal Society of London.

It was formed in 2005 by the merger of the Wilkins Lecture, the Bernal Lecture and the Medawar Lecture. The subject matter for the lecture is some aspect of the social function of science as per the Bernal Lecture, the philosophy of science as per the Medawar Lecture or the history of science as per the Wilkins Lecture.

List of lecturers[edit]

Year Name Lecture Notes
2007 Jeremy Butterfield The uses of infinity: a philosopher looks at emergent phenomena in physics[1] [2]
2008 Sian Ede Hard questions : Contemporary art and the obsession with science [2]
2009 David Edgerton The social function of history: policy, history and twentieth-century science [2]
2010 Melvyn Bragg Notes from an Amateur: On the History of the Royal Society[3] [2]
2012 Roger Highfield Heroes of science[4] [2]
2015 Hasok Chang Who cares about the History of Science?[5] [2]
2016 Jon Agar "In recognition of his work as a leading figure in the history and philosophy of science, publishing ground breaking research on issues including military technology, the origins of computing, astronomy, surveillance, and public engagement with science" [6]
2017 Michela Massimi Why the philosophy of science matters to scientists [6]
2018 Mark Jackson "for his significant contributions in popularising medical history and the medical humanities" [6]


  1. ^ The uses of infinity: a philosopher looks at emergent phenomena in physics by Jeremy Butterfield on YouTube, 2012-09-26
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Lecture". Retrieved 2010-10-17.
  3. ^ Bragg, M. (2010). "Wilkins Medawar Bernal Lecture 2010 * Observations of an Amateur on the History of the Royal Society 1660-2010". Notes and Records of the Royal Society. 64 (3): 201–212. doi:10.1098/rsnr.2010.0018. ISSN 0035-9149.
  4. ^ Heroes of Science by Roger Highfield on YouTube, 2012-09-26
  5. ^ Who cares about the history of science? on YouTube
  6. ^ a b c "Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal and Lecture".