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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The Samuel Eleazar and Rose Tartakow Levinson Prize is awarded each year for a single-authored, unpublished essay in the history of technology that explicitly examines, in some detail, a technology or technological device or process within the framework of social or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 (shotsec@auburn.edu), 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 2015 prize, the closing date for nominations is 15 April (for the 2016 prize, the closing date will be 15 December 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, shotsec@auburn.edu.


2015 Levinson Prize Committee

 

Marie Hicks, Chair (2014-2016)
mhicks1@iit.edu

 
 
Scott Knowles (2013-2015)
sgk23@drexel.edu

 
 
Gabriella Petrick (2015-2017)
gpetrick@gmu.edu

 
 

 

 

Recipients of the Levinson Prize

 

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"
2009
Finn Arne Jørgensen, "Simple Comforts: Technology, Convenience, and Simplicity in Norwegian Leisure Cabins, 1950-1980"
2008
Christopher Beauchamp, "Who Invented the Telephone? Lawyers, Patents, and the Judgments of History"
2007
Eric Hintz, "Portable Power: Inventor Samuel Ruben and the Birth of Duracell"
2006
Jonathan Hagood, "Bottling Atomic Energy: Distinguishing Between Science and Technology in Perónist Argentina, 1948-1952"
2005
Christopher W. Wells, "Inventing the Automobile: Culture, Road Conditions, and Innovation at the Dawn of the Motor Age, 1895-1907"
2004
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"
2003
Scott Gabriel Knowles, "The One Place Where It Pays to Play with Fire? Underwriters Laboratories and the Invention of Fire Safety"
2002
Timothy S. Wolters, "Beyond the Line: Signalling Technology and Professionalization in the Eighteenth Century Royal Navy"
2001
Gerard Fitzgerald, "Babies, Barriers, and Bacteriological Engineers: Instrumental Technologies at LOBUND, 1930-1952"
1999
William Boyd, "The Real Subsumption of Nature? Science, Technology, and the Industrialization of the American Chicken"
1998
Toby Jones, "Path to peace? Britain, Technology, and Resistance in Palestine, 1929-1939"
1997
Linda Nash, "The Changing Course of Nature"
1996
Miranda Paton, "Seeing How to Listen"
1995
Michael Allen, "The Golleschauer Portland Cement Factory: Modern Management, Technological Modernization, and Concentration Camp Labor in the SS Business Administration Main Office"
1994
Greg Clancey, "The Balloon Frame Revisited: Mechanization, Mass-Production, and Prefabrication in American Building-Carpentry"
1993
Cheenu Raman Srinivasan, "No Free Launch: Designing the Indian National Satellite"
1992
David Jardini, "From Iron to Steel: The Recasting of the Jones and Laughlin Work Force between 1885 and 1896"
1991
Gabrielle Hecht, "Political Designs: Nuclear Reactors and National Policy in France"


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