Professor H. Allen Orr Accepts Rare Darwin-Wallace Medal


The Council of the Linnean Society of London, the world's oldest active biological society, awarded Professor H. Allen Orr the Darwin-Wallace Medal on February 12, 2009, the 200th birthday of Charles Robert Darwin. Twelve other awardees, including such evolutionary giants as the late Professor Stephen Jay Gould and John Maynard Smith, also received the award, which is given only once every 50 years.

The Darwin-Wallace Medal was first awarded in 1908, and again in 1958. The medal has a profile of Darwin on the face and a full-face image of Wallace on the reverse, with the marginal inscription "LINN. SOC. LOND. 1 July 1858" on both sides. In recognition of the continuing importance of research on evolutionary biology, the society will award the medal annually after May 2009.

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