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The Secularist of the Year award (a.k.a. The Irwin Prize) is presented annually to the individual considered to have made the greatest contribution to secularism in the previous year by the UK's National Secular Society. The prize is a cheque for £5000; it was first awarded in 2005, and is sponsored by Dr. Michael Irwin.
No award was presented in 2008, because the event was postponed to February 2009 in order to coincide with the National Secular Society's "200th Birthday Party for Charles Darwin".
- 2005 Maryam Namazie (presented by Polly Toynbee)
- 2006 Steve Jones (presented by Dick Taverne)
- 2007 Mina Ahadi (presented by Joan Smith)
- 2008/2009 Evan Harris MP and Lord Avebury (presented by Richard Dawkins)
- Secularist of the Year, 2007: Video, part 1
- Secularist of the Year, 2007: Video, part 2
- Secularist of the Year, 2007: Video, part 3
- Barack Obama nominated for Secularist of the year (list of nominations for 2008/9 award)
- NSS announces winners of 2009 Secularist of the Year award
- ↑ "Oxford MP is given secular award". BBC. 8 Feb 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/oxfordshire/7877616.stm. Retrieved 30 Nov 2009.