Philip Hauge Abelson Award

The Prize

The American Association for the Advancement of Science invites nominations for the 2016 AAAS Philip Hauge Abelson Prize.  The prize was established in 1985 by the AAAS Board of Directors to be awarded to someone who has "made signal contributions to the advancement of science in the United States" either as:

  • A public servant, in recognition of sustained exceptional contributions to advancing science; or
  • A scientist, whose career has been distinguished both for scientific achievement and forother notable services to the scientific community. 

The award consists of an engraved medallion and an honorarium of $5,000.  The winner will be selected by a five-member judging panel. The 2016 AAAS Philip Hauge Abelson Prize will be presented at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston, Mass., Feb.,16-20, 2017.

Nomination Procedures

  • Send us your name, email address, mailing address, and phone number.
  • The nominee’s name, email address, mailing address, and phone number.
  • A statement (no more than three pages) providing the rationale for the nomination.
  • The candidate’s vita or résumé (no more than three pages).

All materials become the property of AAAS.


Please submit all information to:

AAAS Center of Science, Policy, and Society Programs
Attn: Ed Derrick
1200 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

Phone: 202-326-6600
Fax: 202-289-4950


All materials must be received by 8 September.

Past Recipients

The 2015 recipient of the Abelson Prize was Eric S. Lander, who was honored for advancing science in society through his "extraordinary contributions to science," and for "his ability to explain science to the public and students" as well as "his work bringing science to bear in serving the public."

List of past recipients