Through its board of trustees and prizes and awards committee, the Museum of Science presents the Bradford Washburn Award to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution toward public understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in our lives. The Museum honors each awardee with an embossed golden medal, a reception, and a seated dinner.
In 1964 an anonymous donor established this award, named for H. Bradford Washburn Jr., the explorer-cartographer and Museum director from 1939 – 1980. Through a restricted endowment fund, the donor intended to recognize in perpetuity the importance of making scientific understanding available to all. The Museum is grateful for the philanthropy that makes this award possible.
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