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The Kistler Prize (created 1999) is awarded annually to recognize original contributions "to the understanding of the connection between human heredity and human society," and includes a cash award of US $100,000 and a 200-gram gold medallion.
The prize is awarded by the Foundation For the Future and is named after its benefactor, physicist and inventor Walter Kistler. The recipients have been:
Walter P. Kistler Book AwardEdit
The Walter P. Kistler Book Award was established in 2003 to recognize authors of science books that "significantly increase the knowledge and understanding of the public regarding subjects that will shape the future of our species." The award includes a cash prize of US$10,000 and is formally presented in ceremonies that are open to the public.
The recipients have been:
- 2003 – Gregory Stock for Redesigning Humans: Our Inevitable Genetic Future
- 2004 – Spencer Wells for The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey
- 2005 – Steven Pinker for The Blank Slate
- 2006 – William H. Calvin for A Brain for All Seasons: Human Evolution and Abrupt Climate Change
- 2007 – Eric Chaisson for Epic of Evolution: Seven Ages of the Cosmos
- 2008 – Christopher Stringer for Homo britannicus: The Incredible Story of Human Life in Britain
- 2009 – David Archer (scientist) for The Long Thaw: How Humans are Changing the Next 100,000 Years of Earth's Climate
- 2011 – Laurence C. Smith for The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization's Northern Future
Foundation For the FutureEdit
The mission of the Foundation For the Future is to increase and diffuse knowledge concerning the long-term future of humanity. It conducts a broad range of programs and activities to promote an understanding of the factors that may affect human life in the long term.