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Villanova University Mendel Medal

Mendel Medal Award 2020—Rescheduled

Due the exigencies of Covid-19 medical crisis and other scheduling factors, the Mendel Medal Award for 2020, originally planned for Friday and Saturday, November 13-14, 2020, has been rescheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 29-30, 2021. The recipients of the award remain Dr. Ellen Mosley-Thompson, Distinguished University Professor, Geography (Atmospheric Sciences) Senior Research Scientist, Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at The Ohio State University, and Dr. Lonnie G. Thompson, Distinguished University Professor in the School of Earth Sciences and a Research Scientist in the Byrd Polar Research Center at The Ohio State University. On behalf of the Mendel Medal Selection Committee, we look forward to seeing you at this celebration of Gregor Mendel’s achievements and those of our honorees. Sincerely, Kail C. Ellis, OSA, Chair

Honoring Pioneers in the Sciences

The Villanova University Mendel Medal was established and awarded to outstanding scientists who have done much by their painstaking work to advance the cause of science, and, by their lives and their standing before the world as scientists, have demonstrated that between true science and true religion there is no intrinsic conflict.

The Mendel Medal, in honor of Gregor Johann Mendel Abbot of the Augustinian Monastery, Brünn, Austria, (now Brno, the Czech Republic), who discovered the celebrated laws of heredity which now bear his name, was established in 1928 by the Board of Trustees of Villanova University to recognize scientific accomplishment and religious conviction. The Mendel Medal was first awarded in 1929 and given annually until 1943. Between 1946 and 1968, the Mendel Medal was awarded eight times. After a hiatus of twenty-five years, it was reestablished in 1992 as part of the Villanova University's Sesquicentennial Celebrations.

Past recipients have included Nobel Laureates, outstanding medical researchers, pioneers in physics, astrophysics and chemistry, and noted scientist-theologians.

Image of Mendel statue on Villanova campus
Image of Mendel statue on Villanova campus