The George C. Williams Prize  of $5,000 is awarded each year to the  first author of the most significant article published in the Society’s flagship journal, Evolution, Medicine and Public Health. Oxford University Press publishes the journal open access. Charles Nunn is the editor. All articles published in 2018 will be automatically considered for the Prize. The Prize is made possible by donations from Doris Williams, Randolph Nesse, and other supporters oEvolution Medicine, & Public Health

The Prize recognizes the contributions of George C Williams to evolutionary medicine, and aims to encourage and highlight important research in this growing field. In a seminal 1957 paper, Williams initiated work on several problems central to medicine, including an evolutionary theory of aging and life history traits including menopause. He did important work on the problem of why sex exists. Perhaps his most lasting contribution is his 1966 book Adaptation and Natural Selection, a critique of group selection that transformed how biologists think about the evolution of sociality. In the 1990’s he collaborated with Randolph Nesse on a series of papers and a book that inspired much ongoing work on how evolutionary biology can help us understand disease and improve human health.

The Committee for the prize for the best paper in 2018 is Dan Blumstein (Chair), Sarah Reece, and Richard Bribiescas.

Previous George C. William Winners


“Time from pre-eclampsia diagnosis to delivery affects future health prospects of children” 

by Birgitte Hollegaard; Jacob A. Lykke; Jacobus J. Boomsma

University of Copenhagen


Postnatal depression and reproductive success in modern, low-fertility contexts. article

by Sara Myers, and her colleagues Oskar Burger and Sarah E.

University of Kent, Canterbury.


"Adaptive learning can result in a failure to profit from good conditions: implications for understanding depression" 

by Pete C Trimmer, Andrew D. Higginson, Tim W. Fawcett, John M. McNamara, and Alasdair I. Houston.  

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