Richard Dawkins Award Moving to the Center for Inquiry

For Immediate Release: April 16, 2019
Contact: Paul Fidalgo, Communications Director - (207) 358-9785

The Richard Dawkins Award, an honor presented annually to outstanding individuals who have significantly furthered the cause of reason and science, is moving to the Center for Inquiry (CFI).

Prominent evolutionary biologist, best-selling author, and outspoken atheist, Richard Dawkins, is housing the award with CFI now that his namesake foundation, the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science, is a part of CFI.

The Richard Dawkins Award was established in 2003 and it has been presented annually by another organization on Dawkins’ behalf.

Past recipients have included actor and comedian Julia Sweeney, prominent atheist authors Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Daniel Dennett, and the late Christopher Hitchens, and public intellectual and actor Stephen Fry, who received the award in 2018 at the annual CFI skepticism conference, CSICON, in Las Vegas.

Secular community leader Margaret Downey helped to create the award. “I am happy to see CFI take over an award that I helped bring into being in 2003,” said Downey. “Thank you to Richard Dawkins for so generously lending the use of his name for this important honor.”

“It has been deeply gratifying to recognize so many worthy and exceptional people over the years. I expect to continue that tradition with the award now in CFI’s hands,” said Richard Dawkins.

“Richard Dawkins is a board member of CFI, and the Richard Dawkins Foundation merged with CFI in 2016,” said Robyn Blumner, president & CEO of CFI. “The transition makes sense from a number of perspectives, including the ability of CFI to ensure that awardees are honored at large, public events sponsored by CFI.”

“I’d like to thank Richard Dawkins for his confidence in CFI,” added Blumner.

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The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is a nonprofit educational, advocacy, and research organization headquartered in Amherst, New York, with executive offices in Washington, D.C. It is also home to the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, and the Council for Secular Humanism. The Center for Inquiry strives to foster a secular society based on reason, science, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. Visit CFI on the web at