Noteworthy Books of 2018, 2017, 2016

Noteworthy Books

What was a noteworthy history of science book published in 2018? Or, because we all know we’re a bit behind on our reading list, published in 2017 or 2016? Complete the form to submit your pick!

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Submitting for HSS 2019?

HSS 2019 Twitterdex

Organized sessions enjoy a much higher acceptance rate. Find collaborators by using the discussion board on the meeting website or on Twitter by using the hashtags: #hss19 #collab

HSS 2019 Meeting Website


We’re also assembling a Twitterdex of all the historians of science who will be live tweeting the annual meeting or who just generally spread the good news of the history of science.

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Call for Papers // HSS 2019

HSS 2019 - Utrecht

Tues. 23 – Sat. 27 July 2019 in Utrecht, the Netherlands

Welcoming submissions on all topics in the history of science.

Deadline for Submission: 7 Jan. 2019

For more info:
See the CFP (PDF) and the 2019 meeting website.

2018 Prize Winners

Prize Booklet Cover

The History of Science Society’s 2018 Prize Winners

Congratulations to these preeminent scholars in the field! See more info and prize citations.

NASA Fellowship Winner Ockert

Ingrid Ockert
NASA Fellowship

Ohad Reiss Sorokin - HSS Prize Ceremony 2018

Ohad Reiss Sorokin
Nathan Reingold Prize

Ohad Reiss Sorokin - HSS Prize Ceremony 2018

Field Life

Jeremy Vetter
Philip J. Pauly Prize

Owen James Hyman
Ronald Rainger Prize

Levinson Winner Richards

Evelleen Richards
Suzanne J. Levinson Prize

Eghigian-Price Webster

“A Drifting Concept for an Unruly Menace: A History of Psychopathy in Germany.” Isis 106, no. 2 (March 2015): 283-309.

Greg Eghigian
Derek Price/Rod Webster Prize

The Embryo Project, Steve Elliot and Erica Leigh O’Neill
Joseph H. Hazen Education Prize

Kara Swanson - HSS Prize Ceremony 2018

“Rubbing Elbows and Blowing Smoke: Gender, Class, and Science in the Nineteenth-Century Patent Office,” Isis 108, no. 1 (March 2017): 40-61.

Kara Swanson
Margaret W. Rossiter Prize

Jim Endersby - HSS Prize Ceremony 2018

Jim Endersby
Watson Davis & Helen Miles Davis Prize

Anita Guerrini - HSS Prize Ceremony 2018

Anita Guerrini
Pfizer Award

Sally Gregory Kohlstedt
Sarton Medal

2018 October Newsletter

Our 2018 October Newsletter is live. Read it online or download the PDF.

Oct 2018 Newsletter

Isis Books Received | Jul-Sep 2018

For the latest titles in the history of science, see the entire Isis Books Received List.

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July Newsletter 2018

The July Newsletter is now available. In Vol. 47, our new editors, Alix Hui and Matt Lavine, introduce themselves and their vision for our journal, Isis; the HSS Executive Director, Jay Malone, provides an update on our 2018 annual meeting in Seattle, WA; members share their news, and more.

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Front Page of July 2018 Newsletter

Isis Books Received | Apr-June 2018

For the latest titles in the history of science, see the entire Isis Books Received List.

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Editorship Announcement

The Society is pleased to announce that the next Editor of HSS will be, in fact, two editors: Alexandra (Alix) Hui and Matthew (Matt) Lavine, both of Mississippi State University. Alix and Matt will immediately begin a one-year transition and will formally assume the Editorship on 1 July 2019. Their term will run through 30 June 2024. A powerful part of Alix and Matt’s proposal is the role outlined for Carin Berkowitz of the Science History Institute (formerly Chemical Heritage Foundation). Carin (pronounced KAH-rin), one of our more steadfast volunteers, will serve as the Book Review Editor and will be able to draw on the deep resources of the greater Philadelphia area.

New editors of Isis

Their appointment follows an 18-month search, in which HSS’s Committee on Publications sought and encouraged nominations, vetted these proposals, engaged in multiple site visits, debated the merits of the bids, and made a recommendation to the HSS Executive Committee. The Executive Committee enthusiastically endorsed CoP’s nomination and HSS’s Council gave final approval.

This will be the first formal co-editorship for the HSS (although one could argue that Sarton and IB Cohen effectively functioned as co-editors), and the July Newsletter will feature an article by Alix and Matt, outlining their vision for HSS’s publications. We hope that you will read it with care and respond to their request for suggestions as they work through the transition period.