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Outstanding contributions and service to the cause of general semantics

About the J. Talbot Winchell Award

First awarded in 1988, the J. Talbot Winchell Award annually goes to individuals for their outstanding contributions and service to the cause of general semantics.

Awarded by the Institute of General Semantics, it is presented annually at the Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture.

About J. Talbot Winchell

John Talbot Winchell (1895-1981) — known familiarly as “Tal” — was a longtime student and benefactor of general semantics, and a former Trustee and honorary Fellow of the Institute of General Semantics.

Winchell first came to Alfred Korzybski’s seminar in Los Angeles in 1939, and attended numerous seminars after then. He was a leader in general semantics in the Los Angeles area, remaining active until his death.

    Past Recipients

    2020s

    2021 - Corey Anton

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    2020 - Martin H. Levinson

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    2010s

    2019 - Robert James

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    2016 - Bini B. S.

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    2015 - Jacqueline Rudig and George Barenholtz (Co-Recipients)

    Presentation & Acceptance Video

    2014 - Prafulla Kar and Devkumar Trivedi (Co-Recipients)

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    Acceptance Videos

    Devkumar Trivedi

    Prafulla Kar

    2013 - Richard L. Lanigan

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    2012 - David A. Linwood

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    2011 - Balvant K. Parekh

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    Acceptance Video

    Prafulla Kar accepts the award on behalf of Balvant Parekh.

    • 2010 - Irene Ross-Mayper

    2000s

    • 2009 - Frank Scardilli

    2008 - Allen Flagg

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    • 2007 - Maxine Mallach

    • 2006 - Bob Potter and Walter W. Davis (Co-Recipients)

    2005 - Paul Dennithorne Johnston

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    Acceptance Video

    • 2003 - Laurie Cox

    • 2002 - Isabel Caro

    • 2001 - Jeremy Klein

    • 2000 - Milton Dawes

    1990s

    • 1999 - Robert Wanderer

    • 1998 - Bruce I. Kodish and Susan Presby Kodish (Joint Recipients)

    • 1997 - Sanford I. Berman

    • 1996 - Charlotte Schuchardt Read

    • 1995 - Kenneth G. Johnson

    • 1994 - Russell Meyers

    • 1993 - Harry E. Maynard

    • 1992 - Mary Morain

    • 1991 - Robert K. Straus

    • 1990 - Russell Joyner


    1980s

    • 1988 - Pearl Eppy

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