Edwin Grant Conklin - E. G. Conklin Medal

As the Society for Developmental Biology explains, “In 1995 the SDB inaugurated the Edwin Grant Conklin Medal to honor a society member who has performed distinguished and sustained research in developmental biology. The recipient delivers a feature lecture at the annual society meeting and is presented with a commemorative plaque by the incoming SDB President. As years pass and new members are attracted to our society, the following questions often arise: who was Edwin Grant Conklin, what did he do, and why is his name in particular featured in our society award? This essay is intended to answer these questions by presenting a brief description of the man, his work, and his impact on developmental biology.”  The list of recipients includes names that are mostly very familiar for their various roles at the MBL as well as more broadly, including its first-ever recipient, John Philip Trinkaus.