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

Seth Shostak, 2015

Donald Kennedy, 2010

Geoff Marcy, 2009

Robert Sapolsky, 2008
See Keith Delvin's Bio
Keith Devlin, 2007
See Paul Berg's Bio
Paul Berg, 2006
See Jill Tarter's Bio
Jill Tarter, 2005
See Alex Filipenko's Bio
Alex Filippenko, 2004
See Kevin Padian's Bio
Kevin Padian, 2003
See Andy Fraknoi's Bio
Andy 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.