The Lord Byron International Prize

The Society for Hellenism and Philhellenism (SHP) awards annually a Prize to three important international figures from the political, cultural, academic or entrepreneurial world, who have a long term Philhellenic record or who contributed to society with their actions and careers, inspired by the values of Hellenism.

The Prize is awarded in the name of Lord Byron, the great poet and Philhellene who died in Missolonghi, fighting with the Greeks in the War of Independence (1821-1828). Lord Byron became a symbol, incarnating the values of Hellenism namely liberty, respect of human dignity, freedom of expression, independence of spirit. These values and the cause of freedom fighters he sealed with his early death.

Each one of the three honored persons receives a silver medal, a diploma and a grant of 10.000 USD, which is donated in their name, to an institution of their choice that is active in areas which serve and promote the values of Hellenism and Philhellenism.

The Lord Byron International Prize is awarded in a ceremony which takes place at the Academy of Athens.

The Lord Byron International Prize Laureates

2021

John Kerry, Senator / former Secretary of State, from the USA, descendant of Thomas Winthrop, Chairman of the Philhellenic Committee of Boston, during the Greek War of Independence.

Grant recipient: To be announced

Jack Lang, former Minister of Culture and Education, from France.

Grant recipient: To be announced

Charles Pictet, from Switzerland, chairman of the Pictet bank, descendant of the Pictet de Rochemont family, who supported Capodistrias and the philhellenic movement in Switzerland.

Grant recipient: To be announced

The Lord Byron Medal

The Society for Hellenism and Philhellenism (SHP) offers annually the Lord Byron medal to the following:

  • Private or public organisations and scholars who contributed to the promotion of Hellenism and Hellenist studies,
  • Individuals or organisations which offer their support to the mission of SHP,
  • Descendants of Philhellenes who offered their support to Greece during the war of independence.

Each honored person receives a copper medal and a diploma.

The Lord Byron medals are awarded in a ceremony which takes place at the Philhellenism Museum of Athens.

The Lord Byron Medal Laureates

2021

Geoffry Pyatt, Ambassador of the USA in Greece

For information: info@eefshp.org