Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest

James Cameron talks to John Orcutt

James Cameron talks to John Orcutt in 2013.

The Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest is awarded annually by Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

The prize, which includes a bronze medal and $25,000, is awarded for outstanding contributions to science in the public interest.

The Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest was created through a gift from the Nierenberg family to honor the memory of William A. Nierenberg, (1919-2000), a renowned national science leader who served Scripps Oceanography as director from 1965 to 1986.

Nierenberg was a leading expert in several fields of underwater research and warfare, and was known for his work in low-energy nuclear physics. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1971 and was the recipient of numerous awards and honors for professional research and public service.

Recipients

  • 2014 Michael Pollan
  • 2013 James Cameron
  • 2012 Daniel Pauly
  • 2010 Ira Flatow
  • 2009 Richard Dawkins
  • 2008 James E. Hansen
  • 2007 J. Craig Venter
  • 2006 Gordon E. Moore, Ph.D.
  • 2005 Sir David Attenborough, OM (Order of Merit)
  • 2004 Dame Jane Goodall
  • 2003 Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D.
  • 2002 Walter Cronkite
  • 2001 E.O. Wilson, Ph.D.