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Subject Guide: History: Award-winning Books - History of Science Society

The Pfizer Award
The Pfizer Award is awarded in recognition of an outstanding book dealing with the history of science. For more information about the History of Science Society, sponsor of these awards, click here.

2020  Genetics in the madhouse : the unknown history of human heredity by Theodore M. Porter
2019  Climate in motion : science, empire, and the problem of scale by Deborah R. Coen
2018  The courtiers' anatomists : animals and humans in Louis XIV's Paris by Anita Guerrini
2017  Fascist pigs : technoscientific organisms and the history of fascism by Tiago Saraiva
2016  Observing by hand : sketching the nebulae in the nineteenth century by Omar W. Nasim
2015  Ivan Pavlov : a Russian life in science by Daniel Todes
2014  Picturing the book of nature : image, text, and argument in sixteenth-century human anatomy and medical botany by Sachiko Kusukawa
2013  The romantic machines : utopian science and technology after Napoleon by John Tresch
2012  The crafting of 10,000 things : knowledge and technology in seventeenth-century China by Dagmar Schäfer
2011  Mathematics in ancient Iraq : a social history by Eleanor Robson
2010  Leibniz : an intellectual biography by Maria Rosa Antognazza
2009  Matters of exchange : commerce, medicine, and science in the Dutch Golden Age by Harold J. Cook
2008  The Jewel house : Elizabethan London and the scientific revolution by Deborah Harkness
2007  Drawing theories apart : the dispersion of Feynman Diagrams in postwar physics by David Kaiser
2006  Patterns of behavior : Konrad Lorenz, Niko Tinbergen, and the founding of ethology by Richard W. Burkhardt
2005  Alchemy tried in the fire : Starkey, Boyle, and the fate of Helmontian chymistry by William Newman and Lawrence Principe
2004  Charles Darwin : a biography, volume 2 : the power of place by Janet Browne
2003  The man who flattened the earth : Maupertuis and the sciences in the enlightenment by Mary Terrall
2002  Victorian sensation : the extraordinary publication, reception, and secret authorship of Vestiges of the natural history of creation by James Secord
2001  The sun in the church : cathedrals as solar observatories by John Heilbron
2000  The science of energy : a cultural history of energy physics in Victorian Britain by Crosbie Smith
1999  Wonders and the order of nature, 1150-1750 by Lorraine Daston and Katharine Park
1998  Image and logic : a material culture of microphysics by Peter Galison
1997  Women scientists in America : before affirmative action, 1940-1972 by Margaret W. Rossiter
1996  Possessing nature : museums, collecting, and scientific culture in early modern Italy by Paula Findlen
1995  The business of alchemy : science and culture in the Holy Roman Empire by Pamela H. Smith
1994  The meanings of sex difference in the Middle Ages : medicine, science, and culture by Joan Cadden
1993  Uncertainty : the life and science of Werner Heisenberg by David Cassidy
1992  The formation of science in Japan : building a research tradition by James R. Bartholomew
1991  The politics of evolution : morphology, medicine, and reform in radical London by Adrian Desmond; Physical chemistry from Ostwald to Pauling : the making of a science in America by John W. Servos
1990  Energy and empire : a biographical study of Lord Kelvin by Crosbie Smith and M. Norton Wise
1989  Classical probability in the Enlightenment by Lorraine J. Daston
1988  Darwin and the emergence of evolutionary theories of mind and behavior by Robert J. Richards
1987  Intellectual mastery of nature : theoretical physics from Ohm to Einstein by Christa Jungnickel and Russell McCormmach
1986  Revolution in science by I. Bernard Cohen
1985  Mathematical astronomy in Copernicus's De revolutionibus by Noel Swerdlow and Otto Neugebauer
1984  Black Apollo of science : the life of Ernest Everett Just by Kenneth R. Manning
1983  Never at rest : a biography of lsaac Newton by Richard S. Westfall
1982  Dawn of modern science : from the Arabs to Leonardo da Vinci by Thomas Goldstein
1981  Science and polity in France at the end of the Old Regime by Charles Coulston Gillispie
1980  Freud, biologist of the mind : beyond the psychoanalytic legend by Frank J. Sulloway
1979  Science in culture : the early Victorian period by Susan F. Cannon
1978  The chemical philosophy : Paracelsian science and medicine in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries by Allen G. Debus (volume 2 only here); Harpers Ferry Armory and the new technology : the challenge of change by Merritt Roe Smith
1977  The kind of motion we call heat : a history of the kinetic theory of gases in the 19th century by Stephen G. Brush
1976  A history of ancient mathematical astronomy by Otto Neugebauer
1975  Claude Bernard and animal chemistry : the emergence of a scientist by Frederic L. Holmes
1974  The edge of an unfamiliar world : a history of oceanography by Susan Schlee
1973  Molecules and life : historical essays on the interplay of chemistry and biology by Joseph Fruton
1972  Force in Newton's physics : the science of dynamics in the seventeenth century by Richard S. Westfall
1971  The Lysenko affair by David Joravsky
1970  The triumph of the Darwinian method by Michael Ghiselin
1969  Galen on the usefulness of the parts of the body by Margaret T. May
1968  Kepler's Somnium : the dream, or posthumous work on lunar astronomy by Edward Rosen
1967  Marcello Malpighi and the evolution of embryology by Howard B. Adelmann
1966  Michael Faraday : a biography by L. Pearce Williams
1965  Andreas Vesalius of Brussels, 1514-1564 by Charles D. O'Malley
1964  The Lunar Society of Birmingham : a social history of provincial science and industry in eighteenth-century England by Robert E. Schofield
1963  Medieval technology and social change by Lynn White, Jr.
1962  Lavoisier-the crucial year : the background and origin of his first experiments on combustion in 1772 by Henry Guerlac
1961  A history of metallography : the development of ideas on the structure of metal before 1890 by Cyril Stanley Smith
1960  The science of mechanics in the Middle Ages by Marshall Clagett
1959  Robert Boyle and seventeenth-century chemistry by Marie Boas Hall

The Watson Davis and Helen Miles Davis Prize
This prize honors books in the history of science directed to a wide public (including undergraduate instruction).  They should be introductory in assuming no previous knowledge of the subject and in being directed to audiences of beginning students and general readers. They should introduce an entire field, a chronological period, a national tradition, or the work of a noteworthy individual. For more information about the History of Science Society, sponsor of these awards, click here.

2020  Pain, pleasure, and the greater good : from the Panopticon to the Skinner box and beyond by Cathy Gere
2019  The lost white tribe : explorers, scientists, and the theory that changed a continent by Michael F. Robinson
2018  Orchid : a cultural history by Jim Endersby
2017  The dancing bees : Karl von Frisch and the discovery of the honeybee language by Tania Munz
2016  Arming Mother Nature : the birth of catastrophic environmentalism by Jacob Darwin Hamblin
2015  Earth's deep history : how it was discovered and why it matters by M. J. S. Rudwick
2014  The visioneers : how a group of elite scientists pursued space colonies, nanotechnologies, and a limitless future by W. Patrick McCray
2013  How the hippies saved physics : science, counterculture, and the quantum revival by David Kaiser
2012  Nature's ghosts : confronting extinction from the age of Jefferson to the age of ecology by Mark Barrow
2011  Merchants of doubt : how a handful of scientists obscured the truth on issues from tobacco smoke to global warming by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway
2010  The day we found the universe by Marcia Bartusiak
2009  Sun in a bottle : the strange history of fusion and the science of wishful thinking by Charles Seife
2008  Fathoming the ocean : the discovery and exploration of the deep sea by Helen Rozwadowski
2007  Francis Crick : discoverer of the genetic code by Matt Ridley
2006  Pandora's baby : how the first test tube babies sparked the reproductive revolution by Robin Marantz Henig
2005  Goldberger's war : the life and work of a public health crusader by Alan M. Kraut
2004  The Manhattan Project : big science and the atomic bomb by Jeff Hughes
2003  The measure of all things : the seven-year odyssey and hidden error that transformed the world by Ken Alder
2002  Revolutionizing the sciences : European knowledge and its ambitions, 1500-1700 by Peter Dear
2001  The gospel of germs : men, women, and the microbe in American life by Nancy Tomes
2000  Reel nature : America's romance with wildlife on film by Gregg Mitman
1999  The Baltimore case : a trial of politics, science and character by Daniel J. Kevles
1998  Lise Meitner : a life in physics by Ruth Lewin Sime
1997  Dark sun : the making of the hydrogen bomb by Richard Rhodes
1996  Newton and the culture of Newtonianism by Betty Jo Teeter Dobbs and Margaret C. Jacob
1995  A history of mathematics : an introduction by Victor J. Katz
1994  The beginnings of Western science : the European scientific tradition in philosophical, religious, and institutional context, 600 B.C. to A.D. 1450 by David C. Lindberg (2d ed. (2007) here)
1993  Darwin : the life of a tormented evolutionist by James Moore and Adrian Desmond
1992  Science and religion : some historical perspectives by John Hedley Brooke
1991  Medieval & early Renaissance medicine : an introduction to knowledge and practice by Nancy G. Siraisi
1990  The space telescope : a study of NASA science, technology, and policy by Robert W. Smith
1989  Fasting girls : the emergence of anorexia nervosa as a modern disease by Joan Jacobs Brumberg
1988  The dilemmas of an upright man : Max Planck as spokesman for German science by John L. Heilbron
1987  Science and the Enlightenment by Thomas L. Hankins
1986  The discoverers by Daniel J. Boorstin

The Suzanne J. Levinson Prize
This prize is awarded biennially for a book in the history of the life sciences and natural history.

For more information about the History of Science Society, sponsor of these awards, click here.

2020  Creatures of Cain : the hunt for human nature in Cold War America by Erika Lorraine Milam
2018  Darwin and the making of sexual selection by Evelleen Richards
2016  Haeckel's embryos : images, evolution, and fraud by Nick Hopwood
2014  Visible empire : botanical expeditions and visual culture in the Hispanic Enlightenment by Daniela Bleichmar
2012  Worlds before Adam : the reconstruction of geohistory in the age of reform by Martin Rudwick
2010  The simian tongue : the long debate about animal language by Gregory Radick
2008  Culturing life : how cells became technologies by Hannah Landecker
2006  Charles Darwin, geologist by Sandra Herbert