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The Stephen Jay Gould Prize
The Stephen Jay Gould Prize is awarded annually by the Society for the Study of Evolution to recognize individuals whose sustained and exemplary efforts have advanced public understanding of evolutionary science and its importance in biology, education, and everyday life in the spirit of Stephen Jay Gould.
The winner of the 2016 Stephen Jay Gould Prize is Carl Zimmer. For more than two decades, Carl Zimmer has written about topics in science, but he is especially known for his writings in biology, partiularly evolutionary science. These include regular columns in the New York (Science) Times, and two leading textbooks in our field. Zimmer has authored, co-authored, or edited 13 books aimed at communicating the thrill and relevance of evolution, biology, and medicine to wide audiences. Most recently, Carl has extended his audience to include college students. He first authored a popular non- major’s textbook The Tangled Bank (Roberts & Company, 2009). Edward O. Wilson called this "the best written and best illustrated introduction to evolution of the Darwin centennial decade, and also the most conversant with ongoing research. Zimmer is also co-author of Evolution: Making Sense of Life (Roberts & Company, 2012), a majors level textbook that been met with acclaim by many evolutionary biologists. Zimmer is equally at home in media beyond print. He was an advisor for the History Channel program Evolve (2008), assisted in the NSF museum project Exploring Evolution, and hosts a bi-weekly podcast Meet the Scientist. Since 2003, he has written a regular blog—The Loom—devoted to emerging topics in evolution, which has been named by Nature as one of the five top science blogs on the Internet. Zimmer is not only a master of science writing in traditional media, but he has been a pioneer in exploring the possibilities of Internet media. Evolutionary biology is fortunate to have such a writer as Zimmer on the science beat.
Carl will deliver the Gould Award lecture at Friday evening, June 17 at the Austin Convention Center. It is free and open to the public. Later in the year the lecture will appear on this page.
The 2016 Stephen Jay Gould Prize Committee:
Louise Mead, Chair
Stephen J. Gould Prize recipients and presentations: