Wilkins Lecture

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The Wilkins Lecture was a lecture organised by the Royal Society of London on the subject of the history of science and named after John Wilkins, the first Secretary of the Society. The last Wilkins lecture was delivered in 2003, after which it was merged with the Bernal Lecture and the Medawar Lecture to form the Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Lecture.[1]

List of recipients

Year Name Lecture Notes
1948 Davies, John David GriffithJohn David Griffith Davies John Wilkins and the Royal Society.
1949 Andrade, Edward Neville da CostaEdward Neville da Costa Andrade Robert Hoke.
1950 Cole, Francis JosephFrancis Joseph Cole The history of micro-dissection.
1952 Hartley, Harold BrewerHarold Brewer Hartley Sir Humphry Davy, Bt, P.R.S.
1955 Schonland, BasilBasil Schonland Benjamin Franklin, natural philosopher.
1958 Needham, JosephJoseph Needham The missing link in horological history: a Chinese contribution.
1961 Beer, Gavin Rylands deGavin Rylands de Beer The origins of Darwins ideas on evolution and natural selection.
1964 Santillana, Giorgio deGiorgio de Santillana Galileo today.
1967 Keynes, Geoffrey LangdonGeoffrey Langdon Keynes Bacon, Harvey, and the originators of the Royal Society.
1970 Jones, Reginald VictorReginald Victor Jones The plain story of James Watt.
1973 Hall, Alfred RupertAlfred Rupert Hall Newton and his editors.
1976 Gowing, MargaretMargaret Gowing Science, technology and education: England in 1870.
1979 Whitteridge, GwenethGweneth Whitteridge On the local movement of animals.
1982 Smith, SydneySydney Smith One hundred years after Charles Darwin.
1985 Stearn, William ThomasWilliam Thomas Stearn John Wilkins, John Ray and Carl Linnaeus.
1988 Landes, David S.David S. Landes Brain and hand in the development of technology of time-measurement.
1991 Mason, Stephen FinneyStephen Finney Mason Bishop John Wilkins FRS.
1994 Chapman, AllanAllan Chapman Edmond Halley as a historian of science.
1997 King-Hele, Desmond GeorgeDesmond George King-Hele Erasmus Darwin, the Lunatiks and evolution.
2000 Porter, RoyRoy Porter Reflections on scientific and medical futurology since the time of John Wilkins.
2003 Jardine, LisaLisa Jardine Dr Wilkins's boy wonders.


  1. ^ "The 2010 Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Lecture". The Royal Society. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  • "The Wilkins Lecture (1947)". Retrieved 2009-03-20. 

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