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The Geoffrey Harrison Prize Lecture


Professor Geoffrey A. Harrison (1927-2017)

Geoffrey Harrison is one of the most important figures in 20th century Human Biology. He was a key member of the pioneering group of scientists who developed the new Human Biology from the old Physical Anthropology along with Joe Weiner, Derek Roberts, Jim Tanner, Arthur Mourant, Nigel Barnicot and Kenneth Oakley. The expertise and diversity of this group of visionary scientists allowed them to shape the development of human biology over the next 50 years as a discipline in which biology, behaviour and social context worked together to define the human species. Geoffrey Harrison was for many years Professor and Head of the Department of Biological Anthropology at the University of Oxford.

The Prize Lecture is awarded annually in Geoffrey Harrison’s honour to persons who have made a substantial and sustained contribution to the study of the human biology of living populations and especially biosocial sciences.

The inaugural Geoffrey Harrison Lecture was given in Oxford on 3rd November 2017 by Professor Melissa Parker of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The title of the lecture was Ebola: A Biosocial Journey.


The 2018 Geoffrey Harrison Prize Lecture

The 2018 Geoffrey Harrison Prize Lecture was given in Oxford on Friday 2nd November 2018 by Professor C G Nicholas Mascie-Taylor, Emeritus Professor of Human Population Biology and Health, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge, and Director of Research in Global Health, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Cambridge Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge. The title of his talk was From genes to latrines: A biosocial journey.

The Parkes Foundation contributes to the spearker's travel and accommodation expenses. The lecture and reception are organized by Oxford Biological Anthropology.


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