The Future of Life Award
Celebrating the Unsung Heroes of our Time
Stanislav Petrov and Vasili Arkhipov, our first two recipients, were relatively unknown Soviet officers who single-handedly prevented nuclear war by trusting their gut instincts. Petrov and Arkhipov are by no means household names, but they may be two of the most important people to have ever existed. They each may have saved the planet from an all-out nuclear war between the United States and Russia, which would have destroyed life as we know it. We owe everything to these heroes, yet both of them died in relative anonymity. Similarly, while Dr. Meselson is still alive, very few people appreciate how his actions prevented some of the most horrific weaponry imaginable from becoming widespread.
With the Future of Life Award and the Unsung Hero Search, we at the Future of Life Institute hope to ensure that this fate doesn’t befall anyone else. We only know about Petrov and Arkhipov thanks to the tireless work of a few journalists to bring their stories to light. But there are undeniably other heroes who have gone unnoticed by the rest of humanity, and we need your help to find them.
Help Us Find Our Next Unsung Hero
In the form below, please explain how your candidate has helped (indirectly or directly) save thousands or millions of lives, or helped make today dramatically better than it may otherwise have been. Please add links and evidence where possible.
If we decide to give the award to your nominee, you will receive a $3,000 prize from FLI for your contribution!