2020 – Jennifer Doudna, University of California, Berkeley.
(this lecture was cancelled due to the COVID pandemic)

2019 – Kip Thorne, California Institute of Technology
A Brief History of Black Holes: From Oppenheimer to LIGO

2018 – J. Michael Kosterlitz, Brown University
A Random Walk Through Physics to the Nobel Prize

2016 – Marcia McNutt, President of the National Academy of Sciences
Climate Intervention: A Last Resort?

2015 – Alan Guth, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Inflationary Cosmology: Is Our Universe Part of a Multiverse?

2014 – Harold Varmus, Director, National Cancer Institute
The History and Future of Cancer Research

2013 – Steven Squyres, Cornell University
Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity, and the Exploration of the Red Planet

2012 – Alex Filippenko, University of California, Berkeley
Dark Matter and the Runaway Universe

2011 – Sir Paul Maxime Nurse, President of the Royal Society
Great Ideas of Biology

2010 – Ahmed H. Zewail, California Institute of Technology
Mysteries and Miracles of Time

2009 – Jeff Hawkins, Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience
Why Can’t A Computer Be More Like a Brain

2008 – Martin J. Sherwin, 2006 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Biography, George Mason University
Oppenheimer’s Shadow: His Nuclear World and Ours

2007 – Joel R. Primack, University of California, Santa Cruz
View from the Center of the Universe

2006 – Julie Louise Gerberding, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
21st Century Health Protection Challenges: Preparing for Pandemics

2005 – Christof Koch California Institute of Technology
The Quest for Consciousness: A Neurobiological Approach

2004 – Frank Wilczek, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The World’s Numerical Recipe

2003 – Peter H. Raven, Missouri Botanical Garden
Global Sustainability: Realistic Goal or Troublesome Illusion?

2002 – Virginia Trimble, University of California, Irvine and University of Maryland
Cosmology: Man’s Place in the Universe

2001 – William B. F. Ryan, Columbia University
Noah’s Flood: The New Scientific Discoveries About the Event That Changed History

2000 – Samuel H. Barondes, University of California, San Francisco
A Hundred Years of Psychiatry

1999 – James D. Watson, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
From the Double Helix to the Human Genome Project

1999 – Mario J. Molina, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Antarctic Ozone Hole

1998 – Edward O. Wilson, Harvard University
The Diversity of Life (this lecture was cancelled)

1997 – Edward W. ‘Rocky’ Kolb, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and University of Chicago
Primordial Soup of the Big Bang

1996 – Robert Sokolowski, Catholic University of America
Los Alamos as a Project in Philosophy

1995 – David Hawkins, University of Colorado
Science Education: Some Roots and Branches

1994 – Harold W. Lewis, University of California Santa Barbara
Risk, Mathematics and Physics

1993 – Serguei P. Kapitza, Russian Academy of Sciences
Our Nonlinear World

1992 – Nicholas C. Metropolis, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Random Reminiscences

1991 – Jessica Tuchman Mathews, World Resources Institute
Nations and Nature: A New Look at Global Security

1990 – Wilson Hurley, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Creativity and Chaos

1989 – Leon M. Lederman, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
The Quark and the Cosmos

1988 Freeman J. Dyson, Institute for Advanced Studies
Six Cautionary Tales for Scientists

1988 – Guriy I. Marchuk, USSR Academy of Sciences(Presented by Kirill IA. Kondratiyev, USSR Academy of Sciences)
Global Problems of Ecology and the Future

1987 – Edward C. Stone, California Institute of Technology
Voyager Exploration of the Outer Solar System

1986 – William A. Fowler, California Institute of Technology
How Old is the Observable Universe: A Biased Answer

1985 – John A. Wheeler, University of Texas
Legacy of Niels Bohr

1984 – Robert Coles, Harvard University
Children and the Nuclear Bomb

1983 – Rosalyn S. Yalow, Yeshiva University
Radioactivity in the Service of Mankind

1982 – Lewis Thomas, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Things Unflattened by Science

1981 – Chen Ning Yang, State University of New York
Albert Einstein and Contemporary Physics

1980 – Philip Morrison, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Lilliput, Brobdingnag and Los Alamos: Scale in Nature and Society

1979 – Murray Gell-Mann, California Institute of Technology
Quarks and Other Fundamental Building Blocks of Matter

1978 – S. Chandrasekhar, University of Chicago
Einstein and General Relativity; Historical Perspectives

1977 – Daniel Bell, Harvard University
Return of the Sacred

1976 – Robert R. Wilson, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Science and the Human Spirit

1975 – Hans A. Bethe, Cornell University
Science and Scientists in Government

1974 – I. I. Rabi, Columbia University
Can Mankind Survive its Powers? Why Scientists Feel Special Obligations

1973 – Linus C. Pauling, Stanford University
Science in Modern Life

1972 – George F. Kennan, Institute for Advanced Study
Environmental Predicament and its Political Implications