The winner of the second Notes and Records Essay Award was publically announced at a reception at the Royal Society on 18th May.

The award winner is Meghan Doherty, for her essay entitled ‘Discovering the “True Form:” Hooke’s Micrographia and the Visual Vocabulary of Engraved Portraits’. The essay is a detailed analysis of Robert Hooke’s artistic connections and his studies of drawing.

The judges said of the winning entry:

‘The author shows persuasively and elegantly how contemporary visual codes in portraiture informed and enriched Hooke’s natural philosophical representations in the Micrographia.’

Meghan is the Director and Curator of the Doris Ulmann Galleries and Assistant Professor of Art History at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. She receives a prize of £500 and a subscription to Notes and Records. The essay will be published in the journal later this year.

The Notes and Records Essay Award is open to young researchers in the history of science who have completed a postgraduate degree within the last five years. The unpublished essay, based on original research, relates to aspects of the history of science covered by the journal. Notes and Records is an international journal which publishes original research in the history of science, technology and medicine.