The Notes and Records Essay Award is open to researchers in the history of science who have completed a postgraduate degree within the last five years. The unpublished essay, based on original research, should relate to aspects of the history of science covered by the journal.

The winning entry is chosen using the journal’s standard criteria for selection (i.e. excellence and interest to a wide audience) and will be published in the journal.

The 2010 winner was Daniel Mitchell for his essay entitled Reflecting Nature: Chemistry and Comprehensibility in Gabriel Lippmann’s ‘Physical’ Method of Photographing Colours. The essay describes the career of Gabriel Lippmann, Nobel Laureate and Foreign Member of the Royal Society, a pioneer of colour photography.

The award consists of:

  • A cash prize of £500
  • Publication of the winning entry in Notes and Records
  • A year’s subscription to Notes and Records

Timetable: Deadline for submission of an essay is 31st January 2012.

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