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The Edinburgh Medal

The Edinburgh Medal was instituted by the City of Edinburgh Council in 1988. Each year this prestigious award is given to men and women of science and technology whose professional achievements are judged to have made a significant contribution to the understanding and well-being of humanity. The Medalist then delivers a lecture at the Edinburgh Science Festival.

Edinburgh Medal 2023

Each year, The Edinburgh Medal is presented to those who have made a significant contribution to the wellbeing and understanding of humanity through the sciences. This year's recipient is Prof Marion Nestle, a pioneer in the study of food politics, along with wider issues of nutrition and public health.

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Previous Recipients

2022 Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka

2021 Heidi Larson

2020 Sunita Narain

2019 Christiana Figueres

2018 Prof Cordelia Fine

2017 Prof Peter Piot

2016 Kevin Govender and the IAU

2015 Mary Midgley

2014 Prof Mary Abukutsa-Onyango

2013 Prof Peter Higgs and CERN

2012 Dr James Hansen

2011 Prof Carl Djerassi

2010 Sir Alex Jefferies

2009 Prof Jonathan Beckwith

2008 Prof Chris Rapley

2007 Dr Richard Horton

2006 Prof James Lovelock

2005 Prof Colin Blakemore

2004 Prof Steven Rose

2003 Prof Wang Sung

2002 Dr Lise Kingo

2001 Sir John Sulston

2000 Prof Lynn Margulis

1999 Prof Jocelyn Bell Burnell

1998 Sir David Attenborough

1997 Prof Amartya Sen

1996 Prof Richard Levins

1995 Sir John Crofton

1994 Prof Manuel Pattarroya

1993 Prof Wangari Maathai

1992 Prof Heinz Wolff

1991 Prof Jane Goodall

1990 Prof Stephen J Gould

1989 Prof Abdus Salam