The Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry has established the Partington Prize in memory of Professor James Riddick Partington, the Society’s first Chairman. It is awarded every three years for an original and unpublished essay on any aspect of the history of alchemy or chemistry. The prize consists of three hundred and fifty pounds (£350).
The competition is open to anyone with a scholarly interest in the history of alchemy or chemistry who, by the closing date of 31 December 2007 has not reached 35 years of age, or if older has completed a doctoral thesis in the history of science within the previous three years. Scholars from any country may enter the competition, but entries must be submitted in English and must not have been previously submitted to another journal. The prize-winning essay will be published in the Society’s journal, Ambix. One hard copy of the entry, word processed on one side of the paper, should be submitted, along with a copy of the entry on disc. We prefer files to be in Microsoft Word 2000, if possible. Essays must be fully documented using the conventions used in the current issue of Ambix. Essays must not exceed 10,000 words in length, including references and footnotes. All entries must be submitted with a word count.
All entries should be sent to Dr Gerrylynn K. Roberts, Department of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA, UK, with the words “Partington Prize” written clearly on the envelope. Each entry should contain a separate title page giving the author’s name, institution, postal address, email address and date of birth (and if relevant the date of completion of their thesis). The author’s name and contact details must not appear on the pages of the essay as the identity of the author will not be made available to the judges. Essays (no more than one from each competitor) must be received no later than 31 December 2007.
The decision of the judges appointed by the Council will be final. The Society reserves the right to divide the prize between two or more entries of equal merit, or not to award a prize should no essay be deemed of suitable standard.
The name of the winner will be announced by 30 April 2008, and all essays will be returned to competitors soon after that date.
For further details please see the Society’s website www.ambix.org or contact the Hon. Secretary, Dr Anna Simmons, Department of History of Science, Technology and Medicine, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA or via [email protected]