Allison Barner and others have been recalling Tony Ives’ 2013 MacArthur Award lecture, which sadly was never written up as an Ecology paper:
Totally with Allison and Chris on this–that was the best talk I’ve ever seen. So much thought-provoking content, and so unconventionally and compellingly presented. Whether you were there or not, you might enjoy the post I wrote about it at the time.
Anecdotally, it seems like the tradition of MacArthur Award winners writing up their talks as papers has fallen by the wayside. I live in hope that it’ll be revived (come on, do it Jon!). Several MacArthur Award papers are classics–they influenced many young researchers and fully deserved to.