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 2014 Stephen Jay Gould Prize is Steve Jones of University College London. Professor J. Stephen Jones is well known in Britain and worldwide as an eloquent spokesperson for promoting the public understanding of science, particularly with regard to evolution. He has authored 11 books that have been translated into 12 languages. Among his best known popular works are The Language of Genes (1993), which won the 1994 Rhone-Poulenc Science Book Prize, Darwin’s Ghost: The Origin of Species Updated (2000), which reviews Darwin’s great ideas in the light of modern science, and his most recent The Serpent’s Promise: The Bible Retold as Science (2013). Professor Jones is a regular contributor to radio, television and newspapers on a variety of scientific subjects, and recently appeared in a Radio 4 series on the legacy of Darwin. He has written extensively in the press on scientific issues and has a regular column in The Daily Telegraph, View from the Lab, which has appeared on more than 400 occasions since 1993. With a strong commitment to education, he has spoken directly to more than 200,000 school children, and at educational conferences. Additional awards for his writing and public outreach include the Royal Society Faraday Medal for public understanding of science in 1997, the Institute of Biology Charter Medal in 2007, the Linnaean Society Tercentenary Medal in 2008 (with Sir David Attenborough and Professor E. O. Wilson), and the Zoological Society of London Book Prize in 2009.

Professor Jones’ scientific research interests overlap those of Stephen Jay Gould, with a focus on the evolutionary genetics of snail shell polymorphism. He was Head of the Department of Genetics and Biometry, UCL from 1990-1994, and again from 2008 to mid2010. He has been Vice President of the UK Genetics Society and was President of the Galton Institute from 2001-2007. Prof Jones is a Trustee and Board Member of the UK Stem Cell Foundation, the Charles Darwin Foundation, and the Society of Authors, and was President of the Association for Science Education in 2011. For these and many other contributions to the understanding of evolutionary science, it is fitting that Prof. Steve Jones receive the Gould Prize.


The 2014 Stephen Jay Gould Prize Committee

George Gilchrist, Chair
Aneil Agrawal
Judith Mank
Steve Palumbi


Stephen J. Gould Prize recipients and presentations:

2014, Dr. Steve Jones |


2011, Dr. Kenneth R. Miller |
2013, Judith G. Scotchmoor |


2010, Dr. Sean B. Carroll |
2012, David Quammen |


2009, Dr. Eugenie C. Scott |


Nomination/Application for the 2015 Stephen J. Gould Prize are open September 1 through December 18, 2014

The Society for the Study of Evolution’s Committee for the Stephen J. Gould Prize for the Improvement for the Understanding of Evolution is soliciting nominations for the Award for 2015. With this annual award the Society for the Study of Evolution recognizes, promotes, and rewards individuals who have increased public understanding of evolutionary biology and its place in modern science. The award will include a cash prize of $5,000 and the expectation that the recipient will present the Public Outreach Seminar at the Evolution Meeting (expenses for travel/lodging and registration would be covered by the SSE). The awardee should be a leader in evolutionary thought and in public outreach who can deliver an inspiring lecture for both professionals and the broader public at the 2015 meetings of the Society in Guarujá, São Paulo, Brazil.

Nominations should include the CV of the nominee along with a 1-2 page letter describing why this individual is worthy of the award.

Please send nominations via e-mail to the Chair of the Committee, George Gilchrist, at Please submit nominees by December 18. 2014. All nominations will be treated confidentially and will be evaluated by members of the Committee and the Council for the Society. An awardee will be announced in early February.