E.B. Wilson Medal

About the Award

The ASCB’s highest honor for science, the E.B. Wilson Medal is presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for far-reaching contributions to cell biology over a lifetime in science.

Award Details

The winner of the ASCB’s highest honor for science gives the E.B. Wilson Lecture at Cell Bio Virtual 2020 - An Online ASCB|EMBO Meeting, and will be presented with the E.B. Wilson Medal following the conclusion of the meeting.

Who is Eligible

An individual who has demonstrated significant and far-reaching contributions to cell biology over a lifetime in science. Nominators must be ASCB members, but the candidate need not be.

Nominees for and recipients of ASCB honorific awards and prizes are expected to exemplify and to continue to exemplify the highest standards of professional conduct. Letters of support should explicitly address whether a nominee's professional conduct over their career embodies the principles and expectations noted in ASCB’s Mission Statement, the Anti-Harassment Policy and the Workforce Diversity Statement.

As a founder of the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA https://sfdora.org/) , the ASCB does not use journal impact factors or other journal-based metrics in the evaluation process for its award candidates. The ASCB looks at an individual’s research contributions and impact on the field, rather than the prestige of the journals where work is published.

How to Apply

Provide a letter of nomination, the candidate’s CV, and no fewer than three, and no more than five, letters of support.

Nominations are closed for 2020.


Award Winners

  • 2020—Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz
  • 2019—Peter Devreotes
  • 2018—Barbara Meyer
  • 2017—Ulrich Hartl and Arthur Horwich
  • 2016—Mina Bissell
  • 2015—Elaine V. Fuchs
  • 2014—William. R. Brinkley, John E. Heuser, and Peter Satir
  • 2013—John R. Pringle
  • 2012—Susan L. Lindquist
  • 2011—Gary G. Borisy, J. Richard McIntosh, and James A. Spudich
  • 2010—Stuart Kornfeld, James Rothman, and Randy Schekman
  • 2009—Peter Walter
  • 2008—Martin Chalfie and Roger Tsien
  • 2007—Richard O. Hynes and Zena Werb
  • 2007—Joel Rosenbaum
  • 2005—Joan Steitz
  • 2004—Thomas Pollard
  • 2003—Marc Kirschner
  • 2002—Avram Hershko and Alexander Varshavsk
  • 2001—Elizabeth Blackburn
  • 2000—Walter Neupert and Gottfried Schatz
  • 1999—Edwin Taylor
  • 1998—James Darnell and Sheldon Penman
  • 1997—John C. Gerhart
  • 1996—Donald D. Brown
  • 1995—Bruce Nicklas
  • 1994—Barbara Gibbons and Ian Gibbons
  • 1993—Hans Ris
  • 1992—Shinya Inoue
  • 1991—S. Jonathan Singer
  • 1990—Morris Karnovsky
  • 1989—Christian de Duve
  • 1988—Elizabeth Hay
  • 1987—Marilyn Farquhar
  • 1986—Gunter Blobel and D. Sabatini
  • 1985—H. Swift
  • 1984—H. Eagle and T. Puck
  • 1983—Joseph Gall and H. Huxley
  • 1982—C. Leblond and A. Novikoff
  • 1981—Daniel Mazia, George Palade, and Keith Porter