The Primate Society Medals

PSGB awards four medals: the Osman Hill Memorial Medal, the Napier Memorial Medal, the PSGB Occasional Medal and the Charles A. Lockwood Medal.

 

Osman Hill Memorial Medal 

PSGB established the Osman Hill Memorial Lectures in 1977, to commemorate the influential anatomist and primatologist, who died in 1975. The lecturer, who also receives a medal, must be a distinguished primatologist, with the lecture given as part of the programme of a meeting.The lectures are given at intervals of one year or more. The 2012 Osman Hill Lecturer is Simon Bearder.  


Osman Hill Memorial Lecturers:

  • 1978  M.H. Day - Human evolution: fossils and concepts
  • 1980  R.A. Hinde - Primatology and the social sciences
  • 1982  F. Bourliere - The niches of primates within tropical rain-forest
  • 1984  P.M. Butler - Problems of dental evolution in the higher primates
  • 1986  J.P. Hearn - Early embryonic development in monkeys and man
  • 1988  H. Kummer - Exploring primate social cognition: where do we stand?
  • 1990  R.D. Martin - Goeldi and the dwarves: evolutionary biology of the small New World monkeys
  • 1992  J.H. Crook - Ecology and culture in the adaptive radiation of Tibetan-speaking peoples in the Himalayas
  • 1994  R.I.M. Dunbar - A general theory of primate social systems
  • 1996  T. Rowell - The myth of peculiar primates
  • 1998  C.B. Stringer - The origin of our species
  • 2000  A.F. Dixson - Primate comparative anatomy and the evolution of reproduction
  • 2002  I. Tattersall - Becoming human
  • 2004  C. van Schaik - Correlated evolution between cognitive and cultural abilities
  • 2006  A. Jolly - Survival in a forest fragment: Ringtailed lemurs of Berenty
  • 2008  W.C. McGrew - Chasing chimpanzee culture
  • 2010  A. Whiten - Cultural elements in a chimpanzee community (Goodall, 1973) 37 years on
  • 2012 S. Bearder - Primate Taxonomy in the Field: New insights into Biodiversity, Biogeography and Phylogeny

 

Napier Memorial Medal

Following a bequest to the Society, PSGB instituted the Napier Memorial Medal in 1991, in memory of its founding President, Professor John Napier. The medal is offered every two years to a new primatologist to provide encouragement through the public recognition of their work. Many Napier Medal winners have become successful primatologists.

 

Napier Memorial Medal Recipients:

  • 1991 Christopher Pryce - Endocrine and social correlates of maternal behaviour in callitrichids
  • 1993 Marta Lahr - The origins of modem humans: A test of the multiregional hypothesis
  • 1995 Carlos Drews - Psychological warfare and the management of relationships between male baboons
  • 1997 Nicola Koyama - Reconciliation behaviour in wild Japanese macaques
  • 1999 Mark Collard - Morphological evolution of the hominoids and papionins: implications for palaeoanthropological cladistics
  • 2001 Russell Hill - Ecological and demographic determinants of time budgets in baboons: implications for cross-population models of baboon socioecology
  • 2003 Susanne Shultz - Of monkeys and eagles: predator-prey interactions in the Taï National Park, Côte d'Ivoire
  • 2005 Corri Waitt - Facial attractiveness among rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta): manipulating and measuring preferences for conspecifics' facial characteristics.
  • 2007 Annika Paukner - Secondary representational abilities in nonhuman primates (Macaca nemestrina, Cebus apella).
  • 2009 Erik Willems - From space to species - integrating remotely sensed information on primary productivity into investigations and systems models of vervet monkey (Cercopithecus aethiops) socio-ecology.
  • 2011 Lauren Brent - Investigating the causes and consequences of sociality in adult female rhesus macaques using a social network approach.

 

PSGB Occasional Medal

The PSGB Occasional Medals were established in 1996 and are awarded occasionally to celebrate exceptional achievement in primatology.

 

Occasional Medal Recipients:

  • 1996 Jane Goodall: Cultural transmission among chimpanzees and conservation (Conservation Medal)
  • 2007 Cyril Rosen Conservation Medal
  • 2008 Stephen Nash: Special Contributions to Primatology
  • 2011 David Windmill: Special Contributions to Primatology
  • 2011 David J. Chivers: Conservation

 

Charles A. Lockwood Prize and Medal

The Charles A. Lockwood Prize and associated medal for the best proffered student podium (spoken) presentation at a Society meeting were established in 2009. The prize and medal commemorate Charlie Lockwood, a PSGB Council member, who died tragically in a motorcycle accident during 2008, and celebrate the thought, dedication and inspiration he provided to his students. One of those students, Katharine Balolia, then PSGB Student Representative, led a fundraising drive to establish the prize and pay for the casting of the medal, designed by Katharine’s brother Yello Balolia (www.yellobalolia.com) using an original illustration by John Sibbick (www.johnsibbick.com).

 

Charles A. Lockwood Medal recipients:

  • 2009 Claire Santorelli - Vocal traditions in communities of wild spider monkeys
  • 2010 Steven Montgomary - What role do microcephaly genes play in primate brain evolution?
  • 2011 Nienke Alberts - Troop differences in patterns of spatial association and social interactions in olive baboons (Papio hamadryas anubis) in Gashaka-Gumti National Park, Nigeria
  • 2012 Nienke Alberts - Quantifying fission-fusion dynamics: a case study of wild olive baboons.

 

Student poster presentation prize winners:

  • 2009 Emma Nelson, University of Liverpool: Using digit ratios (2D:4D) to predict the social systems of extinct hominids
  • 2010 Cristiane Casar, University of St. Andrews: Predator alarm calls in wild black-fronted titi monkeys Callicebus nigrifrons
  • 2011 Hannah Jones, University of Chester: An assessment of the use of bouts and frequencies to measure lateralised hand use in naturalistically-housed chimpanzees
  • 2012 Emma Wallace, Roehampton University: The effect ofnon-naturalistic auditory enrichment on the welfare of Moloch gibbons (Hylobates moloch).

 

Charles A. Lockwood Memorial PSGB Grants

Thanks to a generous bequest from the Lockwood family, a special one-off research grant scheme, the Charles A. Lockwood Memorial PSGB Grant, was also funded in 2010.

Grants were awarded to :

  • Graham L Banes, University of Cambridge: ‘Factors influencing male orangutan reproductive success’
  • Conrad Brimacombe, University of Sheffield: ‘Growth and development in the genus Pan: a life history approach’
  • Laura Buck, Roehampton University: ‘Craniofacial morphology, paranasal sinuses and adaptation in Pleistocene hominins’
  • Camille Coudrat, Oxford Brookes University: ‘Ecology of the red-shanked douc monkey in Nakai Nam Theun National Protected Area, central-eastern Laos’
  • Blake Morton, University of Stirling: ‘Inter-individual differences in cognitive ability and social networking strategies in brown capuchin monkeys’
  • Caroline Phillips, University of Cambridge: ‘Chimpanzee diet: pyrosequencing DNA from faeces’
  • Isabelle Winder, University of York: ‘Linking primate foot anatomy, ecology and landscape use’
  • Rebecca Wyper, University of Stirling: ‘Ecological drivers of macaque crop raiding in Buton, Indonesia: human responses and implications for conservation’