The George C. Williams Prize of $1,000 is awarded each year to the first author of the most significant article published in the Society’s flagship journal, Evolution, Medicine and Public Health. Oxford University Press publishes the journal open access. Cynthia Beall is the editor. All articles published each year will be automatically considered for the Prize. The Prize is made possible by donations from Doris Williams, Randolph Nesse, and other supporters of Evolution Medicine, & Public Health
The Prize recognizes the contributions of George C Williams to evolutionary medicine, and aims to encourage and highlight important research in this growing field. In a seminal 1957 paper, Williams initiated work on several problems central to medicine, including an evolutionary theory of aging and life history traits including menopause. He did important work on the problem of why sex exists. Perhaps his most lasting contribution is his 1966 book Adaptation and Natural Selection, a critique of group selection that transformed how biologists think about the evolution of sociality. In the 1990’s he collaborated with Randolph Nesse on a series of papers and a book that inspired much ongoing work on how evolutionary biology can help us understand disease and improve human health.
George C. Williams Prize Winners
Evolutionary selection of alleles in the melanophilin gene that impacts on prostate organ function and cancer risk, by Ermini, Luca, Jeffrey C Francis, Gabriel S Rosa, Alexandra J Rose, Jian Ning, Mel Greaves, and Amanda Swain, all from The Institute of Cancer Research in London.
First author Luca Ermini, pictured left, will present the work in a plenary session at ISEMPH 2022.
The Prize Committee also recognized three other articles as finalists.
The Prize Committee included Konstantinos Voskarides (chair), Eric Shattuck, and Jessica Hoffman,
University of California, Los Angeles
by Noah A. Rosenberg; Michael D Edge; Jonathan K Pritchard; Marcus W Feldman
by Stephen N Austad and Jessica M. Hoffman
University of Alabama