We’re delighted to announce the winner of the Pickstone prize, awarded once every two years for the best English-language scholarly book in the history of science, technology and medicine. The 2020 prize is awarded to:

The judging panel commented:

‘This outstanding book uncovers the archives that tell the story about how homeopathy was brought to Bengal in the British colonial period. It is a highly sophisticated work and its development of the concept of the vernacular potentially transforms old debates about lay and professional discourses of science. It blends questions of nationalism, regionalism, modernity and tradition with great aplomb, and develops the nexus of family and state as a site for science. Das’s research exemplifies how much the discipline has to gain from research on the global south as a means to understand the nature of our own knowledge as well as that of science.’

The panel agreed that due to the strength of all the other books on the shortlist, and their diversity of character, it would not award a runner-up prize. Instead, it highlights the excellence of all three remaining shortlistees:

Further information: Prof Charlotte Sleigh, [email protected]