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APS offices and the Library will be closed until further notice. On-site events are suspended, but read more about virtual programming and resources that can be accessed remotely. Read more about the APS response to COVID-19.

Awards and Prizes

The American Philosophical Society began awarding medals in 1790. Since then, it has continued by awarding medals and prizes for outstanding achievement in the sciences, humanities, arts, professions, and public service.

The APS began awarding medals in 1790. Since then, it has continued by awarding medals and prizes for outstanding achievement in the sciences, humanities, arts, professions, and public service. Currently the Society makes 10 annual or semiannual awards. Two of these awards, the Jacques Barzun Prize in Cultural History, and the Judson Daland Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Patient-Oriented Clinical Investigation, are open to competition. Candidates for the Barzun Prize may submit their work. Candidates for the Daland Prize must be nominated. Use the menu to the left to view information about each prize.