Dr Michael Hoskin has been awarded the 2015 Medalla de Oro de las Bellas Artes (Gold Medal of Fine Arts) by the Spanish Government.
The award, which was presented by King Felipe, is in recognition of his work on Neolithic passage graves in southern Europe and north Africa, which has led to addition of these monuments to the World Heritage list.
Currently the Emeritus Professor of the History of Science at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Churchill College since 1969, he was Head of the University Department of History and Philosophy of Science from 1975-1986 and founder of Journal for the History of Astronomy, with a particular interest in the history of astronomy. His work focused on measuring the guidelines of thousands of dolmens, megalithic tombs and other structures in the Mediterranean Western, from Crete to Portugal, especially stopping at the Iberian Peninsula and the Balearic Islands.
During his very active ‘retirement’ he has became an authority on Mediterranean tombs and temples, travelling widely in the region for his research.