BSHS John Pickstone Prize

The British Society for the History of Science (BSHS) is pleased to announce the establishment of a new prize.

The BSHS John Pickstone Prize will be awarded every two years to the best scholarly book in the history of science (broadly construed) in English, alternating with the Dingle Prize for the best popular book. The Pickstone Prize is very much in keeping with the Society’s mission to promote excellence in the academic field of history of science, technology and medicine.

The winning book should mark a major advance in the understanding and interpretation of the scientific past. There are no restrictions on the form of the book; specialist monographs and synthetic works, whether singly or multi-authored, are welcome. Edited volumes, however, are excluded.

The value of the Pickstone Prize is £300. The winner may also have the opportunity to give a presentation, sponsored by the BSHS, on the subject of the winning book.

The prize has been established to honour our esteemed colleague and friend, the late Professor John Pickstone (1944-2014), whose research and teaching so keenly exemplified the scholarly virtues that we wish to celebrate with this memorial.

Nominations of books for the inaugural 2014 Pickstone Prize, for books published in 2012 or 2013, are now open to all current members of the Society. Each member can nominate up to one book; self-nominations are not eligible.

Nominations should be sent to the Executive Secretary,, by the deadline of 15 June 2014.

A shortlist will be announced at the Society's EGM at its annual meeting in St Andrews in early July 2014. The winner will be announced in early December 2014.

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