The Partington Prize The Partington Prize was established by The Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry 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 It is awarded every three years for an original and unpublished essay on any aspect of the history of alchemy or chemistry.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 2004, 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 for the competition, but entries must be submitted in English, typewritten or word-processed and double spaced on one side of the paper. Essays must be fully documented according to 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. The prize-winning essay will be considered for publication in Ambix, but publication cannot be guaranteed.

All entries should be sent to Dr Gerrylynn K. Roberts, Dept. of History of Science, Technology & Medicine, Faculty of Arts, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA, England, with the words “Partington Prize” written clearly on the envelope. Each entry should contain a separate title page giving the author’s name, institution, address, and date of birth (and if relevant, the date of completion of their thesis). This information will not be made available to the judges. Essays (no more than one from each competitor) must be received no later than 31 December 2004.

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 2005, and all essays will be returned to competitors soon after that date.