The Walker Prize was established in 1864 by Dr. William Johnson Walker, one of the most eminent surgeons of his era and a generous benefactor of the Boston Society of Natural History, the Museum's founding organization. This special award was established to recognize work in the field of natural history.
In the 1960s, the Walker Prize guidelines were broadened to recognize "meritorious published scientific investigation and discovery" in any scientific field. The recipient must be a noted scientist, professor, or researcher who is a superb science communicator via the written word and is well known for superlative work in her / his field. The awardee is presented with an honorarium and a seated dinner held at the Museum.
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2014 Walker Prize recipient Dr. James Hansen (center); with Ioannis Miaoulis, Museum of Science President and Director; and Howard Messing, Chair, Board of Trustees.
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