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The Dickson Prize in Science

Dr. Joseph Z. Dickson, a Pittsburgh physician, and Agnes Fischer Dickson, his wife, initiated trust funds in their wills for an annual prize to be shared equally by the scientific field and the medical field.

The Dickson Prize in Science is awarded annually to the person who has been judged by Carnegie Mellon University to have made the most progress in the scientific field in the United States for the year in question. At Carnegie Mellon, the field of science is interpreted to include the natural sciences, engineering, computer science or mathematics. The first Dickson Prize in Science was awarded in 1970.

The Dickson Prize in Medicine is awarded annually by the University of Pittsburgh to the person who has been judged by the university to have made the most progress in the medical field in the United States for the year in question.  

It was the desire of Dr. and Mrs. Dickson to bring as much prestige and honor as possible to the two universities and to Pittsburgh with respect to the prizes. The recipients of the prizes should be selected solely by representatives of the two universities. In both cases, the will specifies that the award should not be made solely to a graduate or person from either institution. However, it is understood that anyone considered for the prize must have done the bulk of his or her work in the United States.