Judges for the 2020 Hippocrates Prize

Judges for the 2020 Hippocrates Awards are Sir Roland Jackson, Visiting Fellow of the Royal Institution and former Head of Museum at the Science Museum, Geoffrey Lehmann, the first Australian poet to be published by Faber and Faber, poet Lawrence Sail, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and former Director of the Arvon Foundation and the Cheltenham Literary Festival, and John Stein, Oxford Professor of Physiology and Chair of the Dyslexia Research Trust. Sir Roland Jackson, Geoffrey Lehmann and Professor John Stein will judge the 2020 FPM-Hippocrates Open and Health Professional Awards. Lawrence Sail will judge the 2020 Hippocrates Young Poets’ Prize for Poetry and Medicine.

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Sir Roland Jackson is a historian and scientist, concentrating on the history, policy and ethics of science and technology. He was previously Head of the Science Museum, London, Chief Executive of the British Science Association, and a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. He is currently a fellow and trustee of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, and a research associate in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at UCL, where he is working on the poetry of the nineteenth century physicist John Tyndall.

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Geoffrey Lehmann [photo by Piers Laverty] was the first Australian poet published by Faber & Faber and his book Spring Forest was short listed for the T S Eliot Prize in 1994. His collected Poems 1957-2013 won the Australian Prime Minister's Prize (Poetry) in 2014. His 1090 page anthology (co-edited with Robert Gray) Australian Poetry Since 1788 was among The Economist's best books of 2011. He was a tax partner with PwC and has been chair of the Australian Tax Research Foundation.

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Lawrence Sail is a freelance writer and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.  In addition to thirteen books of poems, he has published two books of essays and a memoir of childhood, Sift (Impress Books 2010).  He has also edited a number of anthologies, including First and Always (Faber 1988), which raised more than £65,000 for the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.  He has been chairman of the Arvon Foundation and director of the Cheltenham Festival of Literature.

Waking Dreams: New & selected Poems (Bloodaxe Books 2010) was a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation.  His most recent collections of poems, also from Bloodaxe, are The Quick (2015) and, published in February this year, Guises.


Professor John Stein is Emeritus Professor of Physiology; Emeritus Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford. His research focuses on how vision controls movement in animals, patients with movement disorders, dyslexic children and antisocial offenders. He collaborates with neurosurgeon Professor Tipu Aziz on deep brain stimulation for movement disorders and pain, with Dr Sue Fowler on visual dyslexia, and with the Institute of Food, Brain & Behaviour on the influence of nutrition on behaviour. 

These studies have led to novel approaches to treatment, such as deep brain stimulation of the pedunculopontine nucleus for Parkinsonian freezing and falling, blue and yellow filters for visual dyslexia and omega 3 fatty acid supplements for antisocial behaviour. In 1995 he co-founded the Dyslexia Research Trust, with Dr Sue Fowler.

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