Bergey's Manual Trust


Learn about: Bergey's Manual Trust

Bergey's Manual Trust was established in 1936 to sustain the publication of Bergey's Manual of Determinative Bacteriology and supplementary reference works. The Trust also recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to bacterial taxonomy by presentation of the Bergey Award and Bergey Medal, jointly supported by funds from the Trust and from Springer, the publishers of the Manual.

In addition, Bergey’s Manual Trust publishes The Microbial Taxonomist and The Bulletin of BISMiS

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About Bergey's Manual Trust

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History of Bergey's Manual and the Trust

Early days

The first edition of Bergey's Manual of Determinative Bacteriology was initiated by action of the Society of American Bacteriologists (now called the American Society for Microbiology) by appointment of an Editorial Board consisting of David H. Bergey (Chairman, pictured below), Francis C. Harrison, Robert S. Breed, Bernard W. Hammer and Frank M. Huntoon. This Board, under the auspices of the Society of American Bacteriologists, brought the first edition of the Manual into print in 1923. The Board, with some changes in membership and Dr Bergey as Chairman, published a second edition of the Manual in 1925 and a third edition in 1930.

In 1934, during preparation of the fourth edition, Dr Bergey requested that the Society of American Bacteriologists make available the royalties paid to the Treasurer of the Society from the sale of the earlier editions to defray the expense of preparing the fourth edition. The Society made such provision, but the use of the Society's fiscal machinery proved cumbersome, both to the Society and the Editorial Board. Subsequently, it was agreed by the Society and Dr Bergey that the Society would transfer to Dr Bergey all of its rights, title and interest in the Manual and that Dr Bergey would, in turn, create an educational trust to which all rights would be transferred.

Formation of the Trust

Dr Bergey was then the nominal owner of the Manual and he executed a Trust Indenture on January 2, 1936, designating David H. Bergey, Robert S. Breed and Everitt G. D. Murray as the initial trustees, and transferring to the Trustees and their successors the ownership of the Manual, its copyrights and the right to receive the income arising from its publication. The Trust is a nonprofit organization and its income is used solely for the purpose of preparing, editing and publishing revisions and successive editions of the Manual and any supplementary publications, as well as providing for any research that may be necessary or desirable as well as other activities promoting systematics.

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Since the creation of the Trust, the Trustees have published, successively, the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth editions of the Manual (dated 1934, 1939, 1948, 1957, 1974 and 1994, respectively). In 1977 the Trust published an abbreviated version of the eighth edition, called The Shorter Bergey's Manual of Determinative Bacteriology; this contained the outline classification of the bacteria, the descriptions of all genera and higher taxa, all of the keys and tables for the diagnosis of species, all of the illustrations and two of the introductory chapters; however, it did not contain the detailed species descriptions, most of the taxonomic comments, the etymology of names or references to authors.

Beyond the Determinative

Other ventures in producing books to assist those engaged in bacteriology and bacterial taxonomy, in particular, include the Index Bergeyana (1966), and a Supplement to Index Bergeyana (1981). In 1984, the Trust inititated publication of Bergey's Manual of Systematic Bacteriology, which had a much broader scope than the previous publications and was intended to act as the amplified source for revision of the determinative Manual.Two editions of Bergey's Manual of Systematic Bacteriology have been published. The first edition comprised four volumes, published 1984-1989. The second edition comprised five volumes, published 2001-2012. Upon completion of the second edition, publication of the online Bergey's Manual of Systematics of Archaea and Bacteria was initiated in 2015 and has been updated continuously since then.

Through the years the Manual has become a widely used international reference work for bacterial taxonomy. Similarly, the Bergey's Manual Trust has become international in its composition, in the location of its meetings and in the breadth of its consultations. In addition to its publication activities, the Trust attempts to foster and support various aspects of taxonomic research. One of the ways in which it does this is by recognizing those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to bacterial taxonomy, through its periodic presentations of the Bergey Award and Bergey Medal.

A fuller account of the history and development of the Trust and the Manuals is printed in Vol. 2A of the Second Edition of the Systematics as well as online in Bergey's Manual of Systematics of Archaea and Bacteria.

The Board of Trustees

Svetlana N. Dedysh

Svetlana N. Dedysh Winogradsky Institute of Microbiology
Research Center of Biotechnology
Russian Academy of Sciences
Prospect 60-letya Octyabrya 7/2
Moscow 117312
Dedysh at

Her main field of research is the microbiology of northern wetlands. Areas of research expertise are biology & ecology of methanotrophic bacteria and microbial diversity in Sphagnum-dominated wetlands. Current research is focused on exploring the uncultured diversity, genome-encoded traits and the range of potentially valuable metabolites (enzymes, antibiotics and other bioactive molecules) of bacteria from two poorly studied phyla - Acidobacteria and Planctomycetes.

Philip Hugenholtz

Philip Hugenholtz Australian Centre for Ecogenomics
School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences
The University of Queensland
Building 76, Level 6, Cooper Road
St Lucia Campus
Brisbane, Queensland, 4072 Australia
p.hugenholtz at

Area of interest: microbial ecology, taxonomy and evolution

Reasearch interests: From a PhD in 1994 at the University of Queensland, I have developed a career in microbiology and genomics in the USA and in Australia. My last position in the USA was as Staff Scientist (2004-2010) at the DOE Joint Genome Institute. In late 2010 I returned home to establish the Australian Centre for Ecogenomics (ACE) at the University of Queensland together with Gene Tyson. I have contributed to the field of culture-independent analysis of microorganisms through the discovery and characterization of numerous previously unrecognized major bacterial and archaeal lineages each with greater evolutionary divergence than animals and plants combined. I have a long-term interest in the development and application of metagenomics, the genome-based characterization of microbiomes, which has revolutionized our understanding of microbial ecology and evolution. This has resulted in several discoveries in environmental and clinical microbiology, sometimes overturning decades of misdirected culture-based studies. Most recently I have applied my interest in comparative genomics and metagenomics to develop a systematic genome-based taxonomy for bacteria and archaea, which is facilitating scientific communication and endeavor.

Martha E. Trujillo

Martha E. Trujillo Depto. de Microbiologia y Genetica
Edificio Departamental Lab. 205
Universidad de Salamanca
37007 Salamanca
mett at

Professor of Microbiology in the Faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, at the University of Salamanca, Spain. She obtained her PhD in Microbial Systematics at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK). Following this time, she held a postdoctoral research post at Novartis, A.G. in the Microbiology Department in Basel, Switzerland. Professor Trujillo is leader of the research Group Microbial Ecology and Biotechnology with main research areas in actinobacterial systematics and ecology of plant-bacteria interactions. In addition, current research is focused on plant microbiomes and their modulation to improve agricultural practices under the impact of climate change. Since 2017, she is Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology.

Maria Chuvochina, Secretary

Australian Centre for Ecogenomics
School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences
The University of Queensland
Building 76, Level 6, Cooper Road
St Lucia Campus
Brisbane, Queensland, 4072 Australia
m.chuvochina at

I am a biologist with a doctoral degree in Molecular Microbiology from the University of Grenoble (France) and the Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute (Russia). After completing my PhD on snow microbial diversity, I moved to the University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia) where I continued my research on microbial diversity in natural ecosystems. Subsequently, I joined the Genome Taxonomy Database (GTDB) project as a principal taxonomy curator. My primary interests revolve around the taxonomy and nomenclature of organisms classified as Bacteria and Archaea. I am deeply passionate about serving the scientific community and sharing my knowledge regarding the art of scientific naming and the regulations governing the formation and application of taxonomic names. I have made significant contributions to the field of prokaryotic taxonomy and nomenclature through various roles and activities. These include serving as a taxonomy curator of GTDB, working as a nomenclature editor at the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology (IJSEM), being a member of the Judicial Commission of the International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes (ICSP), actively involved in the development of the Code of Nomenclature of Prokaryotes Described from Sequence Data (SeqCode) and currently chairing it’s Reconciliation Commission, and publishing papers that focus on the naming and classification of Bacteria and Archaea.

Stephanus N. Venter

Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
Forestry and Agricultural Research Institute (FABI)
University of Pretoria
Pretoria, South Africa
fanus.venter at

Area of interest: Plant associated bacteria, Enterobacteriaceae

Reasearch interests: My primary research interests are bacterial evolution, systematics and diversity. I am specifically interested in how knowledge of these aspects of bacteriology can be applied to answer specific research questions related to the evolution and functioning of bacteria and bacterial communities in different environments. During the past few years my research group have focused on two main type of areas: 1) Bacteria associated with plants (rhizobia); 2) Aquatic environments (drinking water and salterns). I am currently also focusing on the descriptions of a large collection of nitrogen fixing Paraburkholderia and Mesorhizobium strains isolated from indigenous papilionoid legume species.

I serve as an associate editor of the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology (2017-present) as well as Systematic and Applied Microbiology (2015 - ). I am also the South African ambassador of the International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME), a Council member of the Southern African Society for Systematic Biology, member of the International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes (ICSP) and Secretary of the Executive Board of the SeqCode Committee.

David R. Arahal

Dpto. Microbiología y Ecología
Edificio de Investigación, Campus de Burjassot
Universitat de València
46100 Burjassot (Valencia)
arahal at

Professor of Microbiology in the Faculty of Biological Sciences, at the University of Valencia, Spain. I obtained my PhD in Pharmacy at the University of Seville (Spain) and then I held a postdoctoral research post at the Technical University of Munich (Germany). My research has covered a broad number of culturable microorganisms including marine bacteria, halophilic archaea and bacteria, and several major groups of soil, plant and food bacteria. From the methodological point of view, I have been active in the introduction of comparative genomics as routine method for a better classification and characterization of prokaryotes. I have been participating in the activities of the ICSP, International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes, since 2002 in several roles including being the Chair of the Judicial Commission since 2019.

Associate Members

Henrik Christensen

Henrik Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences
University of Copenhagen
Stigbøjlen 4, 1870 Frederiksberg C, Denmark

hech at

Area of intrest: Pasteurellaceae, Enterobacteriaceae, Fusobacteriaceae, Riemerella

Research interests: I have been investigating evolution and systematics of prokaryotes since 1991. The main part of my research has dealt with prokaryotic systematics and other areas have been within population genetics, soil microbiology and veterinary microbiology. The taxonomic focus has mainly been on members of Pasteurellaceae and other bacteria of clinical importance. As the chair of the International Committee of Systematics of Prokaryotes Subcommittee ICSP) on Pasteurellaceae, member of Judicial Commission of ICSP and editor of International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology I have already gained a lot of experience with prokaryotic systematics and hope to learn more in the future

Thomas Clavel

Thomas Functional Microbiome Research Group
Institute of Medical Microbiology
University Hospital of RWTH Aachen

tclavel at

Dr. Clavel is an Academic Professor leading the Functional Microbiome Research Group at the University Hospital of RWTH Aachen in Germany since 2017. Thomas studied Biology and Agricultural Science before carrying out his Master thesis project in 2002 under the supervision of Dr. Joël Doré at the INRA of Jouy-en-Josas in France. He then received his PhD in Gut Microbiology in 2006 from the University of Potsdam after working three years on the conversion of dietary polyphenols by human gut bacteria at the German Institute of Human Nutrition under the supervision of Prof. Michael Blaut. He then moved to the Technical University in Munich and worked there for eleven years in the field of microbe-host interactions under the mentoring of Prof. Dirk Haller, first as a postdoctoral fellow (2006-2011), then as a junior group leader (2011-2016) and head of the Core Facility Microbiome/NGS (2015-2017) at the ZIEL Institute for Food and Health. Thomas is interested in investigating gut microbial communities in human and animals (mouse, pig, chicken) using a combination of molecular, culture-based, and gnotobiotic approaches. His major contributions so far include the description of novel cultured diversity in gut microbiomes (;;, bioinformatic tools that facilitate the study of singles isolates and microbial ecosystems (; with Dr. Ilias Lagkouvardos;;, and studying the role of intestinal bacteria in disease development, primarily chronic intestinal inflammation, tumorigenesis, and metabolic disorders via regulation of the gut-liver axis.

Gail E. Gasparich

Thomas Gail E. Gasparich
Millersville University
P.O. Box 1002
Millersville, PA 1751-0302 USA

Gail.Gasparich at

Area of intrest:Members of the Class Mollicutes with a focus on the genera Spiroplasma, Entomoplasma, and Mesoplasma

Research interests: : Our research focus is in the area of several genera within the Class Mollicutes, with a focus on the identification and taxonomic classification of novel isolates and phylogenetic studies into the evolutionary relationships among the various strains within the genus Spiroplasma. This group of organisms are generally associated with insect hosts and are of agricultural importance as they can cause insect host and plant diseases. Comparative genome analyses have provided information into the evolution of the genus as well as its relationship to the type-strain for the genus Mycoplasma which are normally restricted to ruminant hosts. Recent studies have explored the genome-based analysis of the genera Mesoplasma and Entomoplasma and their potential need to be integrated.

Bruce J. Paster

Bruce J. Paster Department of Microbiology
Director, HOMINGS Oral Bacterial Identification Core
Director, Sequencing Core
The Forsyth Institute
245 First St.
Cambridge, MA 02142, USA
bpaster at

Dr. Bruce Paster is Senior Member of Staff and Chair of the Department of Microbiology at The Forsyth Institute in Cambridge, MA. He is Professor of the Department of Oral Medicine, Infection and Immunity at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. He is also Professor II at the Institute of Oral Biology in the University of Oslo, Norway. Dr. Paster received his BS with honors at the University of RI and his Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Illinois in Urbana with Dr. Carl Woese and at The Forsyth Institute with Dr. Ron Gibbons before becoming a member of Staff at The Forsyth Institute in 1986. The goal of his research has been to determine the microbial diversity of the oral cavity, and to develop and use rapid molecular means of bacterial identification to better understand the role bacteria play in the etiology of oral health and disease.

Anne-Louise Reysenbach

Biology Department
Portland State University
Portland, OR 97201
bwar at

Jesús L. Romalde

Jesus Romalde Department of Microbiology and Parasitology
Cross-disciplinary Research Center in Environmental Technologies (CRETUS)
CIBUS-Faculty of Biology
Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela, 15782 Spain
jesus.romalde at

Area of interests: proteobacteria, marine bacteria, Vibrionaceae, Alteromonadaceae

Research interests: Jesús L. Romalde is a Professor of Microbiology at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) and Dean of the Faculty of Biology. His main research areas are bacterial systematics and microbial ecology with special interest in marine bacteria, microbiota associated to fish and shellfish and the interactions host-bacteria. He is editor for IJSEM and Systematic and Applied Microbiology Journals.

Peter Vandamme

Peter Laboratorium voor Microbiologie
Faculteit Wetenschappen
Vakgroep Biochemie en Microbiologie
Universiteit Gent
Ledeganckstraat 35
9000 Gent Belgium
Peter.Vandamme at
ORCID: 0000-0002-5581-7937

Area of interests:Gram-stain-negative, non-fermenting bacteria

Research interests: I received my Ph.D from Ghent University studying diversity and identification of Campylobacter-like organisms in 1990. Since then, my research has focused on systematics and unravelling microbial diversity in various disciplines and ecosystems, with a focus on high-throughput isolation and identification of cultivable microbiota. My main research interests today include diagnosis and systematics of unusual infectious agents in humans, diversity, systematics and function of insect (particularly pollinator) microbiota, and diversity and systematics of fermented food microbiota. I am director of the BCCM/LMG Bacteria Collection (, which is an ISO9001 certified Biological Resource center that acquires, controls, preserves, stores, and distributes biological material and associated information, in the frame of public deposits, safe deposits and patent deposits, and co-director of the Belgian National Reference Center (NRC) for Human Microbiology: Burkholderia cepacia complex (cfr.

William B. Whitman

William B. Whitman Department of Microbiology
527 Biological Sciences Bldg.
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-2605
whitman at

Area of interest: methanogenic archaea, archaea

Research interests: I received my Ph.D from The University of Texas at Austin studying autotrophy in phototrophic bacteria in 1978. Since then, my research has focused on the physiology, systematics and ecology of environmentally important microorganisms. Of special interest is to understand the complete organism, from the biochemical mechanisms it uses to accomplish its day-to-day tasks of living to its interactions with other organisms and its environment. In this context, my work has focused on the methane-producing archaeon Methanococcus, DMSP metabolism in the marine bacterium Ruegeria, and the soil microbiome. I also served as an associate editor of the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, 1995-2001; Supervising Editor of Bergey’s Manual of Systematics of Archaea and Bacteria, 2006-2019; Treasurer of International Committee for Systematics of Prokaryotes, 2014-2000; and Treasurer of Bergey’s International Society for Microbial Systematics, 2010-present.

Xue-Wei Xu

Xue Room 317, Building No. 5
Science and Technology Department
Second Institute of Oceanography
Ministry of Natural Resources
Hangzhou 310012 People's Republic of China
xuxw at

Area of interest: marine bacteria, Pseudomonadota

Research interests: I received my Ph.D from Zhejiang University studying taxonomy of Haloarchaea in 2005. Since then, my research has focused on the systematics and taxonomy of marine bacteria, biodiversity and hydrolytic enzyme from deep sea, and marine environmental management of deep-sea mining. Currently, we examine the reclassifying the order Sphingomonadales that is globally distributed and metabolically versatile, which means it can utilize a wide range of naturally occurring compounds as well as some types of environmental contaminants, and understanding their evolutionary history. I also served as an associate editor of the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, 2013-present; associate editor of Frontiers in Marine Science, 2014-present, section board member of Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 2021-present; and steering committee member of NSFC (National Natural Science Foundation of China) Open Research Cruise, 2021-present.

Former members of the Board of Trustees

  • David H. Bergey
  • David R. Boone
  • Robert S. Breed
  • Don J. Brenner
  • Marvin P. Bryant
  • Robert E. Buchanan
  • Richard W. Castenholz
  • Jongsik Chun
  • Harold J. Conn
  • Samuel T. Cowan
  • Paul DeVos
  • Geoffrey Edsall
  • George M. Garrity
  • Norman E. Gibbons
  • Michael Goodfellow
  • Bernard W. Hammer
  • Francis C. Harrison
  • Brian Hedlund
  • A. Parker Hitchens
  • John G. Holt
  • Frank M. Huntoon
  • Peter Kämpfer
  • Noel R. Krieg
  • Stephen P. Lapage
  • Hans Lautrop
  • John Liston
  • A. G. Lockhead
  • James W. Moulder
  • E. G. D. Murray
  • R. G. E. Murray
  • Charles F. Niven, Jr
  • Aharon Oren
  • Norbert Pfennig
  • Fred Rainey
  • Arnold W. Ravin
  • Karl-Heinz Schleifer
  • Nathan R. Smith
  • Peter H. A. Sneath
  • James T. Staley
  • Roger Y. Stanier
  • Joseph G. Tully
  • Jan Ursing
  • William B. Whitman
  • Stanley T. Williams

Photographs from Trust meetings

Bergeys November 1960 at Iowa State University, Ames, IA, USA

November 1960 at Iowa State University, Ames, IA, USA

From left: G. Edsall, R.E. Buchanan, C.F. Niven, Jr, N.R. Smith and E.G.D. Murray
Bergeys September 1985 at Stamford, UK

September 1985 at Stamford, UK

From left: D. Brenner, P. Sneath, N. Krieg, J. Holt, J. Moulder, N. Pfennig, J. Staley, S. Williams, M. Bryant and R. Murray.
Bergeys August 1997 at Sun River, OR, USA

August 1997 at Sun River, OR, USA

From left: J. Staley, S. Williams, G. Garrity, J. Holt, K. Schleifer, D. Brenner, N. Krieg, R. Castenholz, D. Boone and P. Sneath.
Bergeys September 2007 at Athens, GA, USA

September 2007 at Athens, GA, USA

From left: Wolfgang Ludwig, Jack Holt, Hans-Jürgen Busse, Barny Whitman, Karl Schleifer, Jim Staley, Paul De Vos, Peter Kämpfer, Brian P. Hedlund, Mike Goodfellow, Peter Sneath, Linda Sanders, Bruce Paster, Bob Murray, Don Brenner, Ken Suzuki, Fred Rainey and Aidan Parte.
Bergeys May/June 2008 at Salem, MA, USA

May/June 2008 at Salem, MA, USA

Back row, from left: Mike Goodfellow, Hans-Jürgen Busse, Paul De Vos, Jim Staley, Martha E. Trujillo, Naomi Ward, Wolfgang Ludwig, Karl Schleifer, Peter Kämpfer. Front row, from left: Barny Whitman, Ken Suzuki, Brian P. Hedlund, Bruce Paster, Fred Rainey and Aidan Parte.
Bergeys June 2009 at Gothenburg, Sweden

June 2009 at Gothenburg, Sweden

From left: Mike Goodfellow, Wolfgang Ludwig, Jongsik Chun, Aidan Parte, Karl Schleifer, Barny Whitman, Jim Staley, Hans-Jürgen Busse, William Wade, Martha E. Trujillo, Daniel Brown, Fred Rainey, Peter Kämpfer and Paul De Vos.
Bergeys May 2010 at Seville, Spain

May 2010 at Seville, Spain

Back row, from left: Paul De Vos, Hans-Jürgen Busse, Antonio Ventosa, Barny Whitman and Martha E. Trujillo. Front row, from left: Ken Suzuki, Peter Kämpfer, Karl Schleifer, Mike Goodfellow and Jim Staley.
Bergeys May 2011 at Beijing, China

May 2011 at Beijing, China

From left: Jongsik Chun, Ying Huang, Mike Goodfellow, Peter Kämpfer, Jim Staley, Fred Rainey, Karl Schleifer, Aidan Parte, Martha E. Trujillo, Paul De Vos, Barny Whitman and Wen-Jun Li.
Bergeys April 2014 at Edinburgh, Scotland

April 2014 at Edinburgh, Scotland

From left: Jongsik Chun, Martha Trujillo, Fred Rainey, Mike Goodfellow, Peter Kaempfer, and Barny Whitman.
Bergeys June 2015 at Anchorage, Alaska USA

June 2015 at Anchorage, Alaska USA

From left: Fred Rainey, Paul De Vos, Brian Hedlund, Svetlana Dedysh, Martha Trujillo, Barny Whitman, Peter Kaempfer, and Jongsik Chun.
Bergeys September 2016 at Pune, India

September 2016 at Pune, India

From left: Fred Rainey, Barny Whitman, Peter Kaempfer, Svetlana Dedysh, Brian Hedlund, Martha Trujillo, Jongsik Chun.
Bergeys September 2017 at Salmanca, Spain

September 2017 at Salmanca, Spain

From left: Paul DeVos, Fred Rainey, Peter Kaempfer, Martha Trujillo, Barny Whitman, Svetlana Dedysh, Brian Hedlund.

The Bergey Award

The Bergey Award is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to bacterial taxonomy.


  • 1979 - Roger Y. Stanier
  • 1980 - John L. Johnson
  • 1981 - Morrison Rogosa
  • 1982 - Otto Kandler
  • 1983 - Carl R. Woese
  • 1984 - W. E. C. (Ed) Moore
  • 1985 - Josef De Ley
  • 1986 - William H. Ewing
  • 1987 - Patrick A. D. Grimont
  • 1988 - Lawrence G. Wayne
  • 1989 - Hubert A. Lechevalier
  • 1990 - M. David Collins
  • 1991 - Erko Stackebrandt
  • 1992 - Wolfgang Ludwig
  • 1993 - Wesley E. Kloos
  • 1994 - Friedrich Widdel
  • 1995 - Michael Goodfellow
  • 1996 - Karel Kersters
  • 1997 - Rosmarie Rippka
  • 1998 - David A. Stahl
  • 1999 - Barry Holmes
  • 2000 - William B. Whitman
  • 2001 - Lindsay I. Sly
  • 2002 - Peter Vandamme
  • 2003 - Peter Kämpfer
  • 2004 - Rudolf Amann
  • 2005 - Jean Paul Euzéby
  • 2006 - David P. Labeda
  • 2007 - Jürgen Wiegel
  • 2008 - Hans-Jürgen Busse
  • 2010 - Antonio Ventosa
  • 2014 - Hans-Peter Klenk
  • 2016 - Elizaveta Bonch-Osmolovskaya
  • 2017 - Ramon Rossello-Mora
  • 2018 - Jongsik Chun
  • 2020 - Aharon Oren

The Bergey Medal

The Bergey Medal is awarded in recognition of outstanding and life-long contributions to the field of systematics of Bacteria and Archaea. Nominations may be submitted at any time to the Bergey's editorial office at Nominations should include a cover letter summarizing the candidate's qualifications, the significance of contributions to the systematics of prokaryotes, and their curriculum vitae.

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  • 1994 - R.G.E. Murray
  • 1994 - Riichi Sakazaki
  • 1994 - V.B.D. Skerman
  • 1994 - Eyvind A. Freundt
  • 1995 - Norbert Pfennig
  • 1995 - Dorothy Jones
  • 1995 - Norberto Palleroni
  • 1996 - Thomas D. Brock
  • 1996 - Marvin P. Bryant
  • 1996 - John G. Holt
  • 1996 - Emilio Weiss
  • 1997 - Lillian H. Moore
  • 1997 - Ralph S. Wolfe
  • 1997 - George A. Zavarzin
  • 1998 - Kjell Bøvre
  • 1998 - Holger Jannasch
  • 1998 - Julius P. Kreier
  • 1998 - Peter H. A. Sneath
  • 1999 - Wilhelm Frederiksen
  • 1999 - James W. Moulder
  • 1999 - Karl O. Stetter
  • 1999 - Hans Trüper
  • 2000 - Peter Hirsch
  • 2000 - Hans Reichenbach
  • 2000 - Eiko Yabuuchi
  • 2001 - Joseph G. Tully
  • 2001 - Floyd E. Dewhirst
  • 2001 - E. Imre Friedmann
  • 2002 - Don J. Brenner
  • 2002 - Rita R. Colwell
  • 2002 - Noel R. Krieg
  • 2003 - Monique Gillis
  • 2003 - Hans Hippe
  • 2004 - David R. Boone
  • 2005 - Richard W. Castenholz
  • 2005 - Kazau Komagata
  • 2006 - Klaus P. Schaal
  • 2008 - Fergus Priest
  • 2008 - James T. Staley
  • 2009 - Karl Heinz Schleifer
  • 2009 - Erko Stackebrandt
  • 2011 - Michael Goodfellow
  • 2011 - Zhiheng Liu
  • 2011 - Ji-Sheng Ruan
  • 2011 - James M. Tiedje
  • 2018 - Fritz Widdel
  • 2018 - Niall Logan
  • 2019 - Peter Schumann
  • 2020 - Michael Madigan>
  • 2020 - Daniel R. Brown
  • 2020 - Paul DeVos
  • 2020 - Martha E. Trujillo