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Prizes are awarded to John, Lord Rayleigh, and Professor William Ramsey, from the Hodgkins Fund created by Thomas George Hodgkins in 1891. Hodgkins initially donated to the Smithsonian some $200,000 to support research on the effects of atmospheric conditions on human health. In 1893, the Smithsonian created the Hodgkins Medal in his honor to recognize contributions to atmospheric research. This original bequest earns interest and grows to $250,000 by the time the prize is given.


  • Hodgkins, Thomas George
  • Rayleigh, John, Lord
  • Ramsay, William
  • Hodgkins Fund and Medal


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Goode, George Brown, ed. The Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1896, The History of Its First Half Century. Washington, D.C.: De Vinne Press, 1897, p. 245, 623-624, 841.

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August 9, 1895


  • Awards
  • Atmosphere
  • Gifts
  • Meteorology
  • Atmosphere--Research

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