British Academy Prizes and Medals Ceremony 2014
25 Nov 2014, 11:00 - 16:00
Two new awards were made for the first time in 2014: the Neil and Saras Smith Medal for linguistics; and the Brian Barry Prize for political science, in partnership with Cambridge University Press and the British Journal of Political Science.
The 2014 ceremony was held on 25 November.
British Academy President's Medal
The President's Medal rewards signal service to the cause of the humanities and social sciences. It was first awarded in 2010 and covers a broad range of criteria, including insightful journalism contributing to public understanding, use of research in policy-making, and public leadership.
- Peter Brook (Centre International de Recherches Theatrales)
- Professor Sir Paul Collier CBE (University of Oxford)
- Dame Jane Goodall PhD DBE (Jane Goodall Insititute)
- Clive James AO CBE
British Academy Medal
The British Academy Medal, awarded for the first time in 2013, was created to recognise and reward a landmark academic achievement in any of the disciplines supported by the Academy, which has transformed understanding of a particular subject or field of study.
- Professor David Luscombe FBA (University of Sheffield) for The Letter Collection of Peter Abelard and Heloise
- Professor Geoffrey Parker FBA (The Ohio State University) for Global Crisis: War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century
- Professor Thomas Piketty (Paris School of Economics) for Capital in the 21st Century
Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Transcultural Understanding
A major £25,000 prize for work on transcultural understanding, administered by the British Academy, and named after International Relations scholar, Dr Nayef Al-Rodhan. It rewards outstanding academic achievement that illustrates the interconnected nature of cultures and civilizations. This prize was first awarded in 2013. In 2014, the prize was presented at a separate ceremony on 30 September.
- Professor Jonathan D Jansen (University of the Free State) for ‘Knowledge in the Blood: confronting race and the apartheid past’
Neil & Saras Smith Medal for Linguistics
Awarded for the first time in 2014, this medal will be awarded annually to a linguist of any nationality whose career has demonstrated the highest standards of achievement and scholarship.
- Professor Noam Chomsky FBA (Massachusetts institute of Technology)
Brian Barry Prize in Political Science
A new annual prize created in partnership with Cambridge University Press and the British Journal of Political Science, in honour of Brian Barry, a distinguished Fellow of the Academy and founding editor of the journal. The prize will be awarded annually for excellence in political science, as displayed in an essay submitted that has not been previously published elsewhere. The winning essay will be published in the British Journal of Political Science.
- Dr Helder De Schutter (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) and Dr Lea Ypi (London School of Economics) for Mandatory Citizenship for Immigrants.
Derek Allen Prize for Numismatics
This annual prize commemorates Derek Fortrose Allen FBA (1910–1975), and was founded in 1976 by his widow, Mrs Winifred Allen, and her sons to provide an award for outstanding published work by a scholar of any nationality in one of three academic fields in which Mr Allen had particular interest: musicology, numismatics, and Celtic studies.
- Dr Richard Marsden Reece (University College London)
Burkitt Medal for New Testament Studies
Professor Francis Crawford Burkitt FBA (1864–1935), decided in 1923 to strike a number of bronze medals to recognise scholars’ special service to Biblical Studies. After his death in 1935 the awards became known as Burkitt Medals. The Medal is awarded alternately in Hebrew Bible studies (in odd years) and in New Testament studies (in even years).
- Professor N Thomas Wright (University of St Andrews)
Edward Ullendorff Medal for Semitic Languages and Ethiopian Studies
Professor Edward Ullendorff FBA (1920-2011) was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1965. His widow has generously supported the establishment of a Medal in memory of her husband’s long association with the Academy, awarded for scholarly distinction and achievements in the field of Semitic Languages or Ethiopian Studies. It was first awarded in 2012.
- Professor David Appleyard (School of African and Oriental Studies)
Rose Mary Crawshay Prize
The Academy’s oldest prize, established in 1888 by Mrs Rose Mary Crawshay. Prizes are awarded to a woman of any nationality for ‘an historical or critical work of sufficient value on a any subject in English Literature, preference being given to a work regarding one of the poets Byron, Shelley and Keats’.
- Dr Hannah Sullivan (University of Oxford) for The Work of Revision
Grahame Clark Medal for Prehistoric Archaeology
Endowed in 1992 by Professor Sir Grahame Clark FBA, to acknowledge distinguished achievements involving recent contributions to the study of prehistoric archaeology.
- Dr Joan Oates FBA (University of Cambridge)
Serena Medal for Italian History
Endowed by Mr Arthur Serena after Great Britain’s alliance with Italy in the First World War, to be awarded annually ‘for eminent services towards the furtherance of the study of Italian history, literature, art or economics’. The first award was made in 1920.
- Professor Chris Wickham FBA (University of Oxford)
Wiley Prize in Economics
This annual £5,000 prize rewards achievement in research in any field of economics or economic history by an outstanding early career economist. It is sponsored by the scientific, technical, medical and scholarly publisher Wiley-Blackwell.
- Dr Vasco M Carvalho (University of Cambridge)
Wiley Prize in Psychology
This annual £5,000 prize, made in partnership with Wiley-Blackwell, the scientific, technical, medical and scholarly publisher, recognises excellence in research in psychology. It alternately rewards lifetime achievement by an outstanding international scholar (in even years), and promising early career work by a UK-based psychologist (in odd years).
- Dr Richard Cook (City University London)