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The Levinson Prize

The Samuel Eleazar and Rose Tartakow Levinson Prize is awarded each year for a single-authored, unpublished essay in the history of technology that explicitly examines, in some detail, a technology or technological device or process within the framework of social or intellectual history. It is intended for younger scholars and new entrants into the profession.

Manuscripts already published or accepted for publication are not eligible. In order to be considered, manuscripts must be in English and of a length suitable for publication as an article in Technology and Culture--approximately 7,500 words (not including notes) and 100 notes. The winning manuscript will be considered for publication in Technology and Culture.

To nominate an essay, please send it by e-mail, in MS Word or PDF format, to the SHOT secretary's office (, clearly stating that this is a nomination for the Levinson prize. Please also send one paper copy to: David Lucsko, SHOT Secretary, Department of History, 310 Thach Hall, Auburn University, AL 36849-5207.

The judging will be blind, so authors should avoid self-identification in the text of the article. Please put your name at the top of your e-mail and on a cover sheet to the paper copy; this information will be detached before the manuscript is forwarded to the committee.

For the 2016 prize, the closing date for nominations is December 15, 2015. All entries must be received by this deadline. The award consists of a cash award and a certificate, to be presented at the Society's annual meeting.

For more information, please contact the committee chair or David Lucsko, SHOT Secretary,

2016 Levinson Prize Committee


Marie Hicks (2014-2016)

Gabriella Petrick, Chair (2015-2017)
Prasad Venugopal (2016–2018)




Recipients of the Levinson Prize


2015 Gerardo Con Diaz, "The Text in the Machine: American Copyright Law and the Many Natures of Software, 1974-1978"
2014 Roberto Cantoni, "What's in a Pipe? Technopolitical Debate over the Ontology of Oil Pipes at NATO (1960-1962)"
2011 Christopher S. Leslie, "as We Should Have Thought: The Intellectual Legacy of the Memex"
Finn Arne Jørgensen, "Simple Comforts: Technology, Convenience, and Simplicity in Norwegian Leisure Cabins, 1950-1980"
Christopher Beauchamp, "Who Invented the Telephone? Lawyers, Patents, and the Judgments of History"
Eric Hintz, "Portable Power: Inventor Samuel Ruben and the Birth of Duracell"
Jonathan Hagood, "Bottling Atomic Energy: Distinguishing Between Science and Technology in Perónist Argentina, 1948-1952"
Christopher W. Wells, "Inventing the Automobile: Culture, Road Conditions, and Innovation at the Dawn of the Motor Age, 1895-1907"
Matthew Adams Axtell, "In Pursuit of a Barren Scepter: The Life and Death of the James River and Kanawha Canal in Antebellum Virginia's Forsaken West, 1784-1860"
Scott Gabriel Knowles, "The One Place Where It Pays to Play with Fire? Underwriters Laboratories and the Invention of Fire Safety"
Timothy S. Wolters, "Beyond the Line: Signalling Technology and Professionalization in the Eighteenth Century Royal Navy"
Gerard Fitzgerald, "Babies, Barriers, and Bacteriological Engineers: Instrumental Technologies at LOBUND, 1930-1952"
William Boyd, "The Real Subsumption of Nature? Science, Technology, and the Industrialization of the American Chicken"
Toby Jones, "Path to peace? Britain, Technology, and Resistance in Palestine, 1929-1939"
Linda Nash, "The Changing Course of Nature"
Miranda Paton, "Seeing How to Listen"
Michael Allen, "The Golleschauer Portland Cement Factory: Modern Management, Technological Modernization, and Concentration Camp Labor in the SS Business Administration Main Office"
Greg Clancey, "The Balloon Frame Revisited: Mechanization, Mass-Production, and Prefabrication in American Building-Carpentry"
Cheenu Raman Srinivasan, "No Free Launch: Designing the Indian National Satellite"
David Jardini, "From Iron to Steel: The Recasting of the Jones and Laughlin Work Force between 1885 and 1896"
Gabrielle Hecht, "Political Designs: Nuclear Reactors and National Policy in France"

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