Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal
The Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal is awarded by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences
United States National Academy of Sciences
The National Academy of Sciences is a corporation in the United States whose members serve pro bono as "advisers to the nation on science, engineering, and medicine." As a national academy, new members of the organization are elected annually by current members, based on their distinguished and...

  "for meritorious work in zoology or paleontology published in a three- to five-year period." Named after Daniel Giraud Elliot
Daniel Giraud Elliot
Daniel Giraud Elliot was an American zoologist.Elliot was one of the founders of the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the American Ornithologists' Union. He was also curator of zoology at the Field Museum in Chicago.Elliot used his wealth to publish a series of sumptuous...

, it was first awarded in 1917.

List of Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal winners

  • 2008: Jennifer A. Clack
    Jennifer A. Clack
    Jennifer Alice Clack, FRS, is an English paleontologist, an expert in the field of evolutionary biology. She studies the "fish to tetrapod" transition— the origin, evolutionary development and radiation of early tetrapods and their relatives among the lobe-finned fishes...

  • 2004: Rudolf A. Raff
  • 2000: Geerat J. Vermeij
    Geerat J. Vermeij
    Dr. Geerat J. Vermeij, born in the Netherlands, is a professor of geology at the University of California at Davis. Blind from the age of three, he graduated from Princeton University in 1968 and received his Ph.D. in biology and geology from Yale University in 1971.An evolutionary biologist and...

  • 1996: John Terborgh
    John Terborgh
    John W. Terborgh is a conservation biologist.Terborgh graduated from Harvard College in 1958 and received his PhD in plant physiology from Harvard University in 1963....

  • 1992: George C. Williams
    George C. Williams
    Professor George Christopher Williams was an American evolutionary biologist.Williams was a professor emeritus of biology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He was best known for his vigorous critique of group selection. The work of Williams in this area, along with W. D...

  • 1988: Jon Edward Ahlquist
    Jon Edward Ahlquist
    Jon Edward Ahlquist is an American molecular biologist and ornithologist who has specialized in molecular phylogenetics. He has collaborated extensively with Charles Sibley, primarily at Yale University.By 1987, both Ahlquist and Sibley had left Yale....

     and Charles G. Sibley
    Charles Sibley
    Charles Gald Sibley was an American ornithologist and molecular biologist. He had an immense influence on the scientific classification of birds, and the work that Sibley initiated has substantially altered our understanding of the evolutionary history of modern birds.Sibley's taxonomy has been a...

  • 1984: G. Evelyn Hutchinson
    G. Evelyn Hutchinson
    George Evelyn Hutchinson FRS was an Anglo-American zoologist known for his studies of freshwater lakes and considered the father of American limnology....

  • 1979: G. Arthur Cooper and Richard E. Grant
  • 1976: Howard E. Evans
    Howard Ensign Evans
    Howard Ensign Evans was an American entomologist who chiefly studied wasps.-Early life:Born in East Hartford, Connecticut, the son of Archie and Adella Evans, he developed an interest in natural history, and insects in particular, as a child on his parents' tobacco farm. He attended the...

  • 1971: Richard Alexander
    Richard D. Alexander
    Richard D. Alexander is an Emeritus Professor and Emeritus Curator of Insects at the Museum of Zoology of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. Prof...

  • 1967: Ernst Mayr
    Ernst Mayr
    Ernst Walter Mayr was one of the 20th century's leading evolutionary biologists. He was also a renowned taxonomist, tropical explorer, ornithologist, historian of science, and naturalist...

  • 1965: George G. Simpson
    George Gaylord Simpson
    George Gaylord Simpson was an American paleontologist. Simpson was perhaps the most influential paleontologist of the twentieth century, and a major participant in the modern evolutionary synthesis, contributing Tempo and mode in evolution , The meaning of evolution and The major features of...

  • 1958: Donald R. Griffin
  • 1957: P. Jackson Darlington, Jr.
  • 1956: Alfred S. Romer
    Alfred Romer
    Alfred Sherwood Romer was an American paleontologist and comparative anatomist and a specialist in vertebrate evolution.-Biography:...

  • 1955: Herbert Friedmann
    Herbert Friedmann
    Herbert Friedmann was an American ornithologist. He worked at the Smithsonian Institution for more than 30 years. In 1929 he became a fellow of the American Ornithologists' Union and served as the President of the A.O.U. from 1937 to 1939. He published 17 books and was noted for study of Avian...

  • 1953: Sven P. Ekman
  • 1952: Archie Fairly Carr
    Archie Carr
    Archie Fairly Carr, Jr. was an American herpetologist, ecologist and a pioneering conservationist. He was a Professor of Zoology at the University of Florida. In 1987 he was awarded the Eminent Ecologist Award by the Ecological Society of America...

  • 1951: Libbie H. Hyman
    Libbie Hyman
    Libbie Henrietta Hyman , was an American zoologist.Born in Des Moines, Iowa, she was the daughter of Joseph Hyman and Sabina Neumann. Hyman's father, a Polish/Russian Jew, adopted the surname when he immigrated to the United States as a youth...

  • 1950: Raymond Carroll Osburn
  • 1949: Arthur Cleveland Bent
    Arthur Cleveland Bent
    Arthur Cleveland Bent was an American ornithologist. He is notable for his encyclopedic 21-volume work, Life Histories of North American Birds, published 1919-1968 and completed posthumously....

  • 1948: Henry B. Bigelow
    Henry Bryant Bigelow
    Henry Bryant Bigelow was an American oceanographer and marine biologist.After graduating from Harvard in 1901, he began working with famed ichthyologist Alexander Agassiz. Bigelow accompanied Agassiz on several major marine science expeditions including one aboard the Albatross in 1907...

  • 1947: John T. Patterson
  • 1946: Robert Broom
    Robert Broom
    Professor Robert Broom was a Scottish South African doctor and paleontologist. He qualified as a medical practitioner in 1895 and received his DSc in 1905 from the University of Glasgow...

  • 1945: Sewall Wright
    Sewall Wright
    Sewall Green Wright was an American geneticist known for his influential work on evolutionary theory and also for his work on path analysis. With R. A. Fisher and J.B.S. Haldane, he was a founder of theoretical population genetics. He is the discoverer of the inbreeding coefficient and of...

  • 1944: George G. Simpson
    George Gaylord Simpson
    George Gaylord Simpson was an American paleontologist. Simpson was perhaps the most influential paleontologist of the twentieth century, and a major participant in the modern evolutionary synthesis, contributing Tempo and mode in evolution , The meaning of evolution and The major features of...

  • 1943: Karl S. Lashley
    Karl Lashley
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  • 1942: D'arcy Thompson
    D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson
    Sir D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson CB FRS FRSE was a Scottish biologist, mathematician, and classics scholar. A pioneering mathematical biologist, he is mainly remembered as the author of the 1917 book On Growth and Form, written largely in Dundee in 1915...

  • 1941: Theodosius Dobzhansky
    Theodosius Dobzhansky
    Theodosius Grygorovych Dobzhansky ForMemRS was a prominent geneticist and evolutionary biologist, and a central figure in the field of evolutionary biology for his work in shaping the unifying modern evolutionary synthesis...

  • 1940: William B. Scott
    William Berryman Scott
    William Berryman Scott was an American vertebrate paleontologist, authority on mammals, and principal author of the White River Oligocene monographs. He was a professor of geology and paleontology at Princeton University....

  • 1939: John H. Northrop
    John Howard Northrop
    John Howard Northrop was an American biochemist who won, with James Batcheller Sumner and Wendell Meredith Stanley, the 1946 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The award was given for these scientists' isolation, crystallization, and study of enzymes, proteins, and viruses...

  • 1938: M. R. Irwin
  • 1937: George Howard Parker
    George Howard Parker
    George Howard Parker was an American zoologist. He was Professor of Zoology at Harvard University and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences...

  • 1936: Robert C. Murphy
    Robert Cushman Murphy
    Robert Cushman Murphy was an American ornithologist and former Lamont curator of birds for the American Museum of Natural History....

  • 1935: Edwin H. Colbert
    Edwin Harris Colbert
    Edwin Harris Colbert was a distinguished American vertebrate paleontologist and prolific researcher and author. He received his A.B. from the University of Nebraska, then his Masters and Ph.D. from Columbia University, finishing in 1935.Born in Clarinda, Iowa, he grew up in Maryville, Missouri...

  • 1934: Theophilus S. Painter
    Theophilus Painter
    Theophilus Shickel Painter was an American zoologist known for his work in identifying genes in fruit flies...

  • 1933: Richard Swann Lull
    R. S. Lull
    Richard Swann Lull was an American paleontologist from the early 20th century, active at Yale University, who is largely remembered now for championing a Pre-Neo-Darwinian Synthesis view of evolution, whereby mutation could unlock mysterious genetic drives that, over time, would lead populations...

  • 1932: James P. Chapin
    James Chapin
    Dr James Paul Chapin was an American ornithologist.-Life and career:One of the top ornithologists of the twentieth century. At age 19 he left Staten Island to become second in command of the American Museum of Natural History's six year expedition to the Congo...

  • 1931: Davidson Black
    Davidson Black
    Davidson Black, FRS was a Canadian paleoanthropologist, best known for his naming of Sinanthropus pekinensis . He was Chairman of the Geological Survey of China and a Fellow of the Royal Society...

  • 1930: George E. Coghill
    George E. Coghill
    George E. Coghill was an American anatomist.-Early years:Born in Beaucoup, Illinois, to John Waller and Elisabeth Tucker Coghill, George started college at Shurtleff College in Alton, Illinois. He graduated from Brown University with a bachelors and two doctorate degrees. In 1899, Coghill began...

  • 1929: Henry F. Osborn
    Henry Fairfield Osborn
    Henry Fairfield Osborn, Sr. ForMemRS was an American geologist, paleontologist, and eugenicist.-Early life and career:...

  • 1928: Ernest Thompson Seton
    Ernest Thompson Seton
    Ernest Thompson Seton was a Scots-Canadian who became a noted author, wildlife artist, founder of the Woodcraft Indians, and one of the founding pioneers of the Boy Scouts of America . Seton also influenced Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting...

  • 1926: Erik A. Stensiö
    Erik Stensiö
    Erik Helge Osvald Stensiö was a Swedish paleozoologist.Erik Andersson, as his original name was, was born in the village of Stensjö in Döderhult parish in Kalmar County; he later took his new surname from his place of origin and is occasionally referred to with both names...

  • 1925: Edmund B. Wilson
    Edmund Beecher Wilson
    Edmund Beecher Wilson was a pioneering American zoologist and geneticist. He wrote one of the most famous textbooks in the history of modern biology, The Cell.- Career :...

  • 1924: Henri Breuil
    Henri Breuil
    Henri Édouard Prosper Breuil , often referred to as Abbé Breuil, was a French Catholic priest, archaeologist, anthropologist, ethnologist and geologist...

  • 1923: Ferdinand Canu
  • 1922: William M. Wheeler
    William Morton Wheeler
    William Morton Wheeler, Ph.D. was an American entomologist, myrmecologist and Harvard professor.-Early life:...

  • 1921: Bashford Dean
    Bashford Dean
    Bashford Dean was an American zoologist, specializing in ichthyology, and at the same time an expert in medieval armor. He is the only person to have held concurrent positions at the American Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he was Honorary Curator of Arms and...

  • 1920: Othenio Abel
  • 1919: Robert Ridgway
  • 1918: William Beebe
    William Beebe
    William Beebe, born Charles William Beebe was an American naturalist, ornithologist, marine biologist, entomologist, explorer, and author...

  • 1917: Frank M. Chapman
    Frank Chapman
    Frank Michler Chapman was a U.S. ornithologist and pioneering writer of field guides.Chapman was born in West Englewood, New Jersey and attended Englewood Academy. He joined the staff of the American Museum of Natural History in 1888 as assistant to Joel Asaph Allen...

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