Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization

In exchange for freedom of inquiry, scientists are obliged to explain their work. If science is considered a closed priesthood, too difficult and arcane for the average person to understand, the dangers of abuse are greater. But if science is a topic of general interest and concern — if both its delights and its social consequences are discussed regularly and competently in the schools, the press, and at the dinner table — we have greatly improved our prospects for learning how the world really is and for improving both it and us.

– Carl Sagan, Broca’s Brain, 1979

2016-pdf-download gibor-basri-wonderfest-100x131Gibor Basri, 2016
ShostakSeth Shostak, 2015
Donald Kennedy, 2010 Geoff Marcy, 2009 Robert Sapolsky, 2008
See Keith Delvin's BioKeith Devlin, 2007 See Paul Berg's BioPaul Berg, 2006 See Jill Tarter's BioJill Tarter, 2005
See Alex Filipenko's Bio Alex Filippenko, 2004 See Kevin Padian's BioKevin Padian, 2003 See Andy Fraknoi's BioAndy Fraknoi, 2002

Wonderfest’s Board of Directors has established an award to honor Bay Area researchers who make science accessible. Our Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization includes a cash award of $5000. The Sagan Prize is presented annually by Wonderfest’s Directors following a recommendation issued by our Sagan Prize Selection Committee. To be nominated for the Sagan Prize, an individual must: 
  1. Have contributed mightily to the public understanding and appreciation of science.
  2. Be a resident of one of the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties.
  3. Have a history of accomplishment in scientific research.

Wonderfest’s Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization is generously underwritten by Google.  We are especially grateful to Google Director of Research, Peter Norvig.