Posted by: Loren Coleman on July 1st, 2008
Tim Dinsdale (above), the adventurer and Loch Ness hunter, lives on in the Tim Dinsdale Memorial Award.
The Dinsdale Award 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 Loch Ness. 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.
This year’s Dinsdale Award was given to Jerome Clark, “for his prolific publications and editorial work on anomalies, concentrating especially on the UFO phenomenon, which have brought to the general publication comprehensive and trustworthy information presented from a sophisticated perspective.”
As many of you know, I have known Jerry for decades and wrote two books with him in the 1970s. I coauthored Cryptozoology A to Z: The Encyclopedia of Loch Monsters, Sasquatch, Chupacabras, and Other Authentic Mysteries of Nature (NY: Simon and Schuster) with Jerry Clark in 1999. Read more about Jerry here.
Congratulations to Jerry for receiving this award!
Previous winners of the Dinsdale Award are:
1992 Helmut Schmidt, for pioneering electronic and computer techniques for the study of human-machine interactions;
1994 William Corliss, for unique and comprehensive cataloguing of scientific anomalies;
1996 Halton Arp, for work on non-Doppler red-shifts and their import for cosmological theory;
1998 Ian Stevenson, for distinguished studies of cases suggestive of reincarnation;
2000 Kilmer McCully, for elucidating the role of homocysteine in arteriosclerosis;
2002 William Roll, for studies of “recurrent spontaneous psychokinesis,” e.g. poltergeists;
2004 Robert Rines, founder of the Academy of Applied Science whose mission is “stimulating invention, innovation and other creative endeavors as well as the transfer and utilization of technology,” for major discoveries concerning the natural history of Loch Ness and major advances in seeking the large animals thought to await discovery there; and
2006 Peter Sturrock, for “significant contributions to the expansion of human understanding through the study of unexplained phenomena.”
Now Jerome Clark’s name will be added to the list for 2008. Who will win the award in 2010?
Please note, curiously, the only cryptozoologically-inclined individual who has won the award to date, named after the very cryptozoologically-minded Tim Dinsdale, is Robert Rines.
Perhaps the International Cryptozoology Museum should begin to yearly bestow an award to a cryptozoologist or hominologist who contributes the most to cryptozoology/hominology for the previous year, named in honor of a benefactor who donates $10,000 or more, to the museum, or for Ivan T. Sanderson and Bernard Heuvelmans, the godfathers of cryptozoology? Humm, the annual Sanderson-Heuvelmans Cryptozoology Award?
What do you think?