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Society for the History of Natural History

Awards, Honours and Medals

John Thackray Medal 2015

John Thackray Medal 2015

All SHNH members in good standing are invited to make nominations for the 2015 award using the form below. Nominations should be sent to the Honorary Secretary, with an accompanying letter.

Nominations must indicate the item and the producer to be nominated and include the name and contact details of the person submitting the nomination. Please include a brief statement on the nature of the significant achievement involved and describe how the Prize Committee can obtain supporting evidence, such as publication details or photographs of exhibitions, etc. The Committee may ask for the loan of such evidence to support the Committee in its discussions.

The deadline for submissions is 31 July 2015.

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Instituted in 2000 to commemorate the life and work of John Thackray, Past President of the Society, this medal is awarded for a significant achievement in the preceding three years in the history of those areas of interest to the Society, that is the biological and earth sciences in the broadest sense.

Rules governing The John Thackray Medal

16.2 John Thackray Medal

  • (a) Individuals or groups of individuals demonstrating significant achievement in the previous three years in the field of the history and/or bibliography of natural history may be awarded the John Thackray Medal.
  • (b) Significant achievement may be recognised by the completion of a major piece of critical research or scholarship.
  • (c) The Council will call for nominations annually by issuing a nomination form that will indicate a closing date.
  • (d) All the nominations (which may include self-nominations) will be reviewed by a Committee appointed by the Council of the Society. The decision of the Council as to the recipient of the award is final.
  • (e) The award of the John Thackray Medal shall take place at a General Meeting of the Society. All awards of this medal shall be reported to the membership in a timely fashion.
  • (f) Normally only one medal, individual or institutional, will be made in any one year but exceptionally a second award may be made if the Committee and Council think fit.
  • (g) The Council reserves the right not to make an award in any given year if it is judged that no submission is of sufficient merit.