Every year, the Future of Life Institute (FLI) awards U$50,000 to an unsung hero - an "individual who, without receiving much recognition at the time, has helped make today dramatically better than it may otherwise have been". Previously, the prize went to Vasili Arkhipov, S. Petrov and Matthew Meselson.
I think it might be interesting to discuss the subject in this Forum.
On the other hand... well, there's money to be made. Maybe that's why people don't debate it openly?