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Eugene S. Ferguson

The Ferguson Prize

The Eugene S. Ferguson Prize is awarded biennially by SHOT for outstanding and original reference work that will support future scholarship in the history of technology. The Ferguson Prize recognizes work that is in the tradition of scholarly excellence established by Eugene S. Ferguson (1916-2004), SHOT's pioneering bibliographer, a founding member of the Society (President, 1977-1978; da Vinci Medalist, 1977), museum curator and exhibit catalog author, editor, annotator, university professor, and scholar of the history of engineering and technology. The prize consists of a plaque and a cash award.

Reflecting the scope of Eugene Ferguson's contributions to the history of technology, submissions and nominations for the following types of reference and scholarly works and tools will be considered for the Ferguson Prize:

 

  • Bibliographies
  • Biographical dictionaries
  • Critical editions of primary source materials in English
  • Exhibition catalogues
  • Guides to the field of the history of technology
  • Historical dictionaries and encyclopedias
  • Subject guides to archival repositories and library sources
  • Topical atlases
  • Translated works (into English) with substantial annotation and other scholarly apparatus

 

The Eugene S. Ferguson Award Works that extend beyond the printed text, including other media, such as CDs, World Wide Web sites, and electronic data bases and tools, keeping in mind that the principal criterion of "support [of] future scholarship" for judging excellence requires that such works exhibit a degree of permanence similar to that of books.

In light of Eugene Ferguson's noteworthy contributions to our understanding of visual thinking and visual display, nominations of works that demonstrate commitment to and achievement of nonverbal knowledge generation and transmission are especially encouraged.

Works published in the four calendar years prior to the year of the award are eligible for consideration. Publication date shall be interpreted as the year in which the work to be considered first appeared (i.e., first edition, first issuance, first availability, first uploading to the World Wide Web, etc.)

All works considered must be in English.

Ron Kline, Pamela Long and Daivd McGee Awarded biennially, the next Ferguson Prize will be awarded in 2015 (pictured at right, SHOT president Ron Kline with 2011 Ferguson Prize winners Pamela Long and David McGee--Alan Stahl, not pictured). The committee will not be accepting nominations until late 2014. When the nominating period is open, please send one copy of the nominated book to each of the committee members. The deadline for receipt of books is 1 April 2015. If you wish to nominate an item other than a book, please contact the committee chair for instructions on how to submit an official nominations letter.

A brochure describing the Eugene S. Ferguson prize is also available. For more information, please contact the committee chair or David Lucsko, SHOT Secretary, shotsec@auburn.edu.

2014 Ferguson Prize Committee

The Ferguson Award will next be presented in 2015.
Kristen Haring (2012-2014)
Sweet Hall 227A
590 Escondido Mall
Stanford CA 94305-3068
haring@stanford.edu
Hanna Rose Shell (2014-2016)
STS Department, E51-163
M.I.T.
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
hrshell@mit.edu

Joseph Tatarewicz, Chair (2012-2014)
10218 Davis Avenue
Woodstock, MD 21163 USA Tatarewicz@umbc.edu

 


 

Previous Recipients of the Ferguson Prize

2013 David C. Brock and Christophe Lécuyer, Makers of the Microchip: A Documentary History of Fairchild Semiconductor (MIT Press and the Chemical Heritage Foundation, 2010)
2011 Pamela O. Long, David B. McGee, Alan M. Stahl, The Book of Michael of Rhodes: A Fifteenth-Century Maritime Manuscript, 3 vol. (Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 2009)
2009 John Peter Oleson, The Oxford Handbook of Engineering and Technology in the Classical World (Oxford University Press, 2008)
2007 The Papers of Joseph Henry, ed. Nathan Reingold (vols. 1-5) and Marc Rothenberg (vols. 6-11)
2005 James R. Hansen, ed., The Wind and Beyond: A Documentary Journey into the History of Aerodynamics in America (NASA History Series, 2004)
Special
retrospective
award

The Papers of Thomas A. Edison (Johns Hopkins University Press)

 


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