Linnean Medal

The Linnean Medal of the Linnean Society of London was established in 1888, and is awarded annually to alternately a botanist or a zoologist or (as has been common since 1958) to one of each in the same year. The medal was of gold until 1976, and is for the preceding years often referred to as "the Gold Medal of the Linnean Society", not to be confused with the official Linnean Gold Medal which is seldom awarded.[1][2]

Linnean Medal. The awardee's name is shown on the reverse side.

The engraver of the medal was Charles Anderson Ferrier of Dundee, a Fellow of the Linnean Society from 1882. On the obverse of the medal is the head of Linnaeus in profile and the words "Carolus Linnaeus", on the reverse are the arms of the society and the legend "Societas Linnaeana optime merenti"; an oval space is reserved for the recipient's name.[3]

Linnean medallists

19th century

20th century

21st century

  • 2001: Chris Humphries and Gareth J. Nelson
  • 2002: Sherwin Carlquist and William J. Kennedy
  • 2003: Pieter Baas and Bryan Campbell Clarke
  • 2004: Geoffrey Allen Boxshall and John Dransfield
  • 2005: Paula Rudall and Andrew Smith
  • 2006: David Mabberley and Richard A. Fortey
  • 2007: Phil Cribb and Thomas Cavalier-Smith
  • 2008: Jeffrey Duckett and Stephen Donovan
  • 2009: Peter Shaw Ashton and Michael Akam
  • 2010: Dianne Edwards and Derek Yalden
  • 2011: Brian J. Coppins and H. Charles Godfray
  • 2012: Stephen Blackmore and Peter Holland
  • 2013: Kingsley Wayne Dixon
  • 2014: Niels Peder Kristensen and Hans Walter Lack
  • 2015: Engik Soepadmo, Claus Nielsen, and Rosmarie Honegger
  • 2016: Sandra Knapp and Georgina Mace
  • 2017: Charlie Jarvis and David Rollinson
  • 2018: Kamaljit S Bawa, Jeremy Holloway, and Sophien Kamoun
  • 2019: Vicki Funk and Samuel T. Turvey
  • 2020: Ben Sheldon
  • 2022: Rohan Pethiyagoda

See also

  • List of biology awards


  1. "The Linnean Medal". The Linnean Society. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  2. Gage A.T. and Stearn W.T. (1988) A Bicentenary History of the Linnean Society of London, Linnean Society of London, pp. 165-174
  3. Gage A.T. and Stearn W.T. (1988) A Bicentenary History of the Linnean Society of London, Linnean Society of London, p. 80
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