Dinsdale Prize

The Dinsdale Prize was established in 1992 by The Society for Scientific Exploration’s founding member, councilor, and editor of the SSE Journal, (now retired) Professor Henry Bauer, so that the SSE could recognize “significant contributions to the expansion of human understanding through the study of unexplained phenomena.”

Such contributions were made by Tim Dinsdale, in whose memory this prize is named. Dinsdale was by profession an engineer, who chanced to obtain in 1960 what remains still the most striking evidence of unexplained animals in Scottland. Dinsdale’s subsequent investigations over three decades were carried on with such integrity that the Times of London marked his passing with a respectful obituary, rare indeed with someone whose prominence stems from the pursuit of such unorthodox research.

Through the Dinsdale award, the SSE endeavors to identify, publicize, and reward senior scholars who have made similarly substantial contributions to the understanding of anomalous physical, biological, and psychological events in the spirit of meticulous research, exemplary methodology, and proper scholarly attitude that Tim Dinsdale exemplified.

Award Recipients

2012: Henry Bauer
Lifetime Achievement.

2010: Jack Houck
Lifetime Achievement.

2008: Jerome Clark
For his consistent accuracy, clear thinking and editorial integrity shown in comprehensive writings about unexplained anomalies and ufology -- the scholarly study of unidentified flying objects.

2006: Peter Sturrock
For the application of sound scientific principles and methodologies to the study of unidentified aerial phenomena, including outreach to professional astronomers and physicists, and for leadership in facilitating disciplined discussion and peer-reviewed publication of research on scientific anomalies.

2004: Robert Rines
Founder of the Academy of Applied Science through which he has given wide-ranging support to innovative explorations in science and technology; noting particularly the pioneering work at Loch Ness which achieved the first – and still the only – underwater photographs of apparently large unidentified animals.

2002: William Roll
For his important contributions to knowledge of paranormal phenomena through longstanding investigations of poltergeists.

2000: Kilmer McCully
Whose remarkable persistence in investigating the causative role of homosysteine in arterio-sclerosis during many years of neglect and rejection of this discovery has provided an important model for other scientists.

1998: Ian Stevenson
For his pioneering research into cases suggestive of reincarnation and his extensive scientific investigations of the evidence for survival of human personality beyond death.

1996: Halton Arp
For his extensive observational research concerning the redshift of quasars and other astronomical objects, and his perception and creativity concerning the role of redshift in cosmology.

1994: William Corliss
For identifying and providing access to an “unclassified residuum” through his uniquely comprehensive catalog of scientific anomalies and unexplained phenomena.

1992: Helmut Schmidt
For his pioneering efforts in the development and application of electronic and computer techniques to research on the human machine interaction.

Mission Button

The primary goal of the international Society for Scientific Exploration (SSE) is to provide a professional forum for presentations, criticism, and debate concerning topics which are for various reasons ignored or studied inadequately within mainstream science. A secondary goal is to promote improved understanding of those factors that unnecessarily limit the scope of scientific inquiry, such as sociological constraints, restrictive world views, hidden theoretical assumptions, and the temptation to convert prevailing theory into prevailing dogma.

Topics under investigation cover a wide spectrum. At one end are apparent anomalies in well established disciplines. At the other, we find paradoxical phenomena that belong to no established discipline and therefore may offer the greatest potential for scientific advance and the expansion of human knowledge.

The Society encourages such investigations for several reasons that may appeal to different communities:

  • To the research scientist, we commend the intellectual challenge of explaining away an apparent anomaly or seizing the new knowledge presented by a real one.
  • To the student scientist, we point out that science does not begin with textbooks: it begins with the unknown and ends with textbooks.
  • To the nonscientist, we acknowledge that deep public interest in some of these topics calls for unprejudiced evaluation based on objective research.
  • To the policy-maker, we point out that today's anomaly may become tomorrow's technology.


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