Honors & Awards

The Society gives several awards and honors. Lectures offer distinguished historians of science the opportunity to present their views to a broad audience. These lecturers are chosen by Society officers. Prizes recognize various outstanding contributions to the history of science. All Society sponsored prizes are announced and distributed at the Society’s annual meeting. Prizes are awarded by special committees, who consider nominations submitted by members, publishers, and the public at large.

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The deadline is 1 April 2020, unless otherwise noted.


George Sarton Memorial Lecture

The Sarton Memorial Lecture is presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Joseph H. Hazen Lecture

The Joseph H. Hazen Lecture is part of the History of Science Society’s educational efforts and public outreach programs. The Lecture is named after Joseph Hazen (1898-1994), a longtime supporter of the Society. After his death, his daughter Cynthia Hazen Polsky gave the Society a generous donation, which included arrangements for a biennial or triennial lecture in the history of science to be delivered in cooperation with the New York Academy of Science.

History of Science Society Distinguished Lecture

The Distinguished Lecture is presented to a plenary session at the HSS Annual Meeting in November of each year.