CFNominations for the 2017 Roy G. Neville Prize in Bibliography or Biography

Type: Prize

Name: Roy G. Neville Prize in Bibliography or Biography

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Application Deadline: March 31, 2017


We are now accepting nominations for the 2017 Roy G. Neville Prize. The prize is presented biennially by the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) to recognize an outstanding published bibliography or biography in the areas of chemistry and related sciences, technologies, or industries (including such topics as alchemy, biomedicine, molecular biology, etc.).  The prize will be presented on October 19, 2017, at CHF in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. The author of the prize-winning work receives a cash prize, a certificate, and travel expenses to accept the award.

Please keep in mind the following criteria for nominees:

  • The prize may be given to either (1) a monograph that contributes to our bibliographical knowledge of chemistry and related sciences technologies, or industries, in the tradition inaugurated by Henry Carrington Bolton and exemplified in the lifetime achievement of Roy G. Neville; or (2) a major work of biography in the field of chemistry and related sciences, technologies, or industries.
  • The work must be published during a period of five calendar years immediately preceding the year of competition (2012-2016 inclusive).
  • The Neville Prize must be accepted in person by the author (or one of the authors if it is a multi-authored work) at CHF on October 19, 2017, and may not be received in absentia, except under extraordinary conditions as approved by the president of CHF.
  • The recipient author is expected to deliver an address at the award ceremony.
  • The work must be originally published in English.
  • The work may not be a reprint of an earlier work, a new or amended edition of an earlier work, or a translation.
  • If a biography, it must be an original work with new insights to offer and should present a full picture of the life of one or more individuals (or things); it may not be a short biographical memoir or an encyclopedia or dictionary compilation or entry.
  • If a biography, the work may be a collective biography on more than one individual (though they should have some obvious connection). Histories with short biographical sections will not be considered.
  • Biographies of “things” (commodities, diseases, animals, buildings, etc.) may be considered for the prize if they relate to chemistry and related sciences, technologies, or industries.
  • The work must be written for an adult audience; purely juvenile-oriented works will not be considered.
  • Five copies of the work must be provided to the prize committee in order for the work to be considered for the prize.

We are accepting nominations until March 31, 2017. Nominations must include the following information and be sent to

  • Title of Bibliographical/Biographical Work
  • Author’s Name
  • Publisher
  • Date published
  • Author’s Contact Information
  • Brief description of the nominated work and why it is worthy of prize consideration
  • Contact information for copies of the work

Nominations can come from the authors or publishers of the work. Nominating a work for the 2017 Neville Prize does not guarantee that the work will be included among the finalists for the prize. The prize committee will determine a short list of finalists from all of the nominees. If the work is among the finalists, the committee will request five copies of the work for consideration.

Previous prize winners include:

  • Pure Intelligence: The Life of William Hyde Wollaston (University of Chicago Press, 2015) by Melvyn C. Usselman
  • Michael Polanyi and His Generation: Origins of the Social Construction of Science (University of Chicago Press, 2011) by Mary Jo Nye
  • Boyle: Between God and Science (Yale University Press, 2009) by Michael Hunter
  • William Crookes (1832-1919) and the Commercialization of Science (Ashgate, 2007) by William H. Brock
  • A Well-Ordered Thing: Dmitrii Mendeleev and the Shadow of the Periodic Table (Basic Books, 2004) by Michael D. Gordin
  • The Enlightened Joseph Priestley: A Study of His Life and Work from 1773 to 1804 (The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2004), by Robert E. Schofield

For more information about the Neville Prize please visit our website at


The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) is a Library, Museum, and Center for Scholars that fosters an understanding of the impact of chemical sciences and technologies on society throughout history. An independent, nonprofit organization, CHF maintains major collections of instruments, fine art, photographs, archives, and books. We host conferences and lectures, support research, offer fellowships, and produce educational materials. Our museum and public programs explore subjects ranging from alchemy to nanotechnology. Our website is at

ABOUT ROY G. NEVILLE (1926-2007)

A consulting chemist by profession, in 1973 Roy G. Neville founded Engineering and Technical Consultants, Inc., in Redwood City, California, of which he was president until his death in 2007. He was also a passionate bibliophile by avocation. Neville began collecting books as a teenager in Bournemouth, UK, and amassed one of the largest private collections of rare books in the fields of science and technology, and chemistry in particular. The Roy G. Neville Library of Chemical History was acquired by CHF in 2004 and is available for research in CHF’s Othmer Library.

Contact Information:
Ronald Brashear

Posted: February 22, 2017