Andrew Wakefield, who sparked the unjustified MMR controversy, wins the Golden Duck Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to quackery.

23 Dec

Andrew Wakefield, the person most responsible for propagating the now failed notion that the MMR vaccine causes autism, has been awarded the “Golden Duck” award for 2012 by the Good Thinking Society. The announcement begins:

Good Thinking launched its annual Golden Duck award for quackery in 2012, which seeks to recognize those who have supported or practiced pseudoscience in the most ludicrous, dangerous, irrational or irresponsible manner. It was decided that the inaugural award should be for lifetime achievement in any field, and the winner is Andrew Wakefield. His nomination statement can be found here…

One of the members of Winchester Skeptics in the Pub is quoted:

We were very keen to team up with the Good Thinking Society to help choose the winner of the inaugural Golden Duck.

“All candidates fared well in the voting, but it became clear that the one thing the good thinking people of Winchester really can’t stand is a doctor who blatantly abandons and abuses the scientific method.”

Further reading at The Guardian in Struck off MMR doctor handed award for ‘lifetime achievement in quackery’


By Matt Carey

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3 Responses to “Andrew Wakefield, who sparked the unjustified MMR controversy, wins the Golden Duck Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to quackery.”

  1. lilady December 23, 2012 at 23:34 #

    What a well-deserved “lifetime achievement award” for the disgraced fraudulent former medical doctor.

    What a comedown for Wakefield who had aspirations of fame (Nobel Prize in Medicine, no less), and fortune. He made his fortune because of his schemes and the continued support of anti-vaccine crank groups…and now he has a lifetime achievement award for his “efforts”.

    Good on the Good Thinking Society and all the voters for this *auspicious honor*.

  2. mikemawords December 24, 2012 at 00:44 #

    Clearly a well deserved award for a world class quack.

  3. Jack December 24, 2012 at 07:56 #

    Quacky Christmas Andrew 🙂

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