The “Société de Physique et d’Histoire Naturelle (SPHN) de Genève” is inviting applications for its 2010 history of science award entitled: “The Marc-Auguste Pictet Prize”. This Prize, in principle intended for a young researcher, rewards, every second year, a significant contribution to the history of science, which is as yet unpublished or has only recently appeared.

The theme selected for the 2010 Prize is: History of Physics.

The Prize is endowed with an amount of CHF 10’000, and may be shared.

The Prize is open to both Swiss and foreign scholars. The applications should be sent before May 31st 2010 to the following address:

Président de la SPHN

Muséum d’Histoire naturelle

Case postale 6434

CH-1211 GENEVE 6


The work should be submitted in two copies and include a summary and a curriculum vitae. It may be written in French, German, Italian or English. In the last three cases, the summary should be translated into French and be approximately 12 pages in length, i.e. 4,000 words or about 20,000 characters. One copy of the prize-winning work will remain the property of the SPHN.

A commission composed of professors of the University of Geneva and external experts in the field will be responsible for examining the applications.