Wednesday, 8 July 2020

The Crick Prize for Best Piece. The winner is...

We are delighted to announce the winner of the Crick Prize for Best Piece for 2019 is Martin Loughlin. His winning article entitled "What Would John Griffith have made of Jonathan Sumption's Reith Lectures" appeared in Volume 90, Issue 4 and you can read the article for free here and see the award given here.

The criteria for the Crick Prize are as follows:

The Orwell test: Was the article written in good, clear English?
The scholarship test: Was its knowledge base sound and well grounded?
The Alzheimer test: Could I remember its contents clearly several days after reading it?
The durability test: Is it likely to be read some years later, or was it just good current comment?
The originality test: Did it have something distinctly new to say?
The Crick test: Would Bernard have appreciated it? (that doesn’t mean he would necessarily have agreed with it).

The judges felt all of these criteria were met.