The 2001 Basic Prize in History of Science

The Basic Prize is intended to encourage young scholars and to communicate the importance and interest of the subject to an intelligent general readership.

Eligibility: The Prize is open to any new scholar in the fields of:

* History of Science
*History of Technology
*History of Medicine.

Only first-time authors will be considered.

Selection Criteria: The Prize will be awarded for the best book-length manuscript submitted during each year. Manuscripts must be unpublished and must either fall clearly within the subject area or be closely relevant to it. Consistent with the goals of the prize, manuscripts will be evaluated both for their scholarly contribution and for quality of writing; the manuscript that best combines both attributes will be awarded the prize.

The Prize will consist of publication by Basic Books; a $7,500 advance against royalties; and a $1,000 stipend for travel to the annual convention of the History of Science Society.

Guidelines for Submission: All manuscripts must be received by June 1, 2001. Submit two (2) copies of the manuscript, one to Basic Books and one to any one judge listed below. The Prize will be announced at the 2001 HSS meeting, Denver, CO, November 7-11, 2001.


Gerald L. Geison
Department of History of Science
214 Dickinson Hall
Princeton, NJ 08544

Norton Wise
Department of History
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Mary Jo Nye
Department of History
Milam Hall 306
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97333
David Lindberg
Department of History of Science
7143 Social Sciences Building
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI 53706
Ronald Numbers,
Selection Committee Chair
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1300 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706

Send one Copy of the Manuscript to:

Basic Books -- History of Science Prize
10 East 53rd Street, 23rd Floor
New York, NY 10022

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