|Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Edelstein Prize 2020 was not awarded. Books that would have been eligible in 2020 are also eligible in 2021. So for this year it is possible to nominate books that were published in 2017, 2018, 2019 or 2020.|
The Edelstein Prize is awarded to the author of an outstanding scholarly book in the history of technology published during the preceding three years (so, for example, books eligible for the 2019 award will have been published in 2016–2018). Non-English language books are eligible for three years following the date of their English translation. For 2021 books that were published in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 are eligible.
Previously known as the Dexter Prize, the Edelstein Prize was established in 1968 through the generosity of the late Sidney Edelstein, a noted expert on the history of dyes and dye processes, founder of the Dexter Chemical Corporation, and 1988 recipient of SHOT’s Leonardo da Vinci Award. The prize, donated by Ruth Edelstein Barish and her family in memory of Sidney Edelstein and his commitment to excellence in scholarship in the history of technology, consists of an award of $3,500 and a plaque.
Publishers and authors are invited to nominate titles for this prize. To nominate a book, all committee members listed below need to receive a copy of the nominated book. You can nominate books via our online submission system. After completing the submission you will receive a confirmation e-mail with further instructions and mail addresses of the committee members.
Nominated books for the 2021 Edelstein Prize should be received by the committee members by April 15th 2021.
Go to the online submission form for the Edelstein Prize 2021.
For more information, please contact the SHOT Secretariat, [email protected].
|Asif Siddiqi, Chair (2020-2022)
|Jennifer Alexander (2018-2021)
University of Minnesota
|Roger Launius (2021-2023)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
|2020||Due to the Covid-19 situation the 2020 Prize has not been awarded|
|2019||Pamela O. Long, Engineering the Eternal City: Infrastructure, Topography, and the Culture of Knowledge in Late Sixteenth-Century Rome(University of Chicago Press, 2018)|
|2018||Edward Jones-Imhotep, The Unreliable Nation: Hostile Nature and Technological Failure in the Cold War (The MIT Press, 2017)|
|2017||William Rankin, After the Map. Cartography, Navigation and the Transformation of Territory in the Twentieth Century (University of Chicago Press, 2016)|
|2016||William Boyd, The Slain Wood: Papermaking and its Environmental Consequences in the American South (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015)|
|2015||Christopher F. Jones, Routes of Power: Energy and Modern America (Harvard University Press, 2014)|
|2014||S. Lochlann Jain, Malignant: How Cancer Becomes Us (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013)|
|2013||Aileen Fyfe, Steam-Powered Knowledge: William Chambers and the Business of Publishing, 1820-1860 (University of Chicago Press, 2012)|
|2012||Eden Medina, Cybernetic Revolutionaries: Technology and Politics in Allende’s Chile (MIT Press, 2011)|
|2011||Joy Parr, Sensing Changes:Technologies, Environments, and the Everyday, 1953-2003 (University of British Columbia Press, 2010)|
|2010||Jennifer Karns Alexander, The Mantra of Efficiency: From Waterwheel to Social Control (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008)|
|2009||William Kelleher Storey, Guns, Race, and Power in Colonial South Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2008)|
|2008||Christine MacLeod, Heroes of Invention: Technology, Liberalism and British Identity, 1750-1914 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007)|
|2007||Gregory Clancey, Earthquake Nation: The Cultural Politics of Japanese Seismicity, 1868–1930 (University of California Press, 2006)|
|2006||Christine Cogdell, Eugenic Design: Streamlining America in the 1930s (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004)|
|2005||Emily Thompson, The Soundscape of Modernity: Architectural Acoustics and the Culture of Listening in America, 1900-1933 (MIT Press, 2002)|
|2004||Angela Lakwete, Inventing the Cotton Gin: Machine and Myth in Antebellum America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003)|
|2003||Edmund Russell, War and Nature: Fighting Humans and Insects with Chemicals from World War I to Silent Spring (Cambridge University Press, 2001)|
|2002||Martin V. Melosi, The Sanitary City: Urban Infrastructure in America from Colonial Times to the Present (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000)|
|2001||Gabrielle Hecht, The Radiance of France: Nuclear Power and National Identity after World War II (The MIT Press, 1998)|
|2000||Paul Israel, Edison, A Life of Invention (New York: John Wiley, 1998)|
|1999||Francesca Bray, Technology and Gender: Fabrics of Power in Late Imperial China (University of California Press, 1997)|
|1998||Ken Alder, Engineering the Revolution: Arms and Enlightenment in France, 1763-1815 (Princeton University Press, 1997)|
|1997||Thomas J. Misa, A Nation of Steel: The Making of Modern America, 1865-1925 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995); and Michael J. Neufeld, The Rocket and the Reich: Peenemünde and the Coming of the Ballistic Missile Era (Harvard University Press, 1995)|
|1996||Jeffrey Meikle, American Plastic: A Cultural History (Rutgers University Press, 1995)|
|1995||Claude Fischer, America Calling: A Social History of the Telephone to 1940 (University of California Press, 1992)|
|1994||John H. White, Jr., The American Railroad Freight Car: From the Wood-Car to the Coming of Steel (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992)|
|1993||David Nye, Electrifying America: Social Meanings of a New Technology (MIT Press, 1990)|
|1992||Donald Reid, Paris Sewers and Sewermen: Realities and Representations (Harvard University Press, 1991)|
|1991||Michael Adas, Machines as the Measure of Men: Science, Technology, and Ideologies of Western Dominance (Cornell University Press, 1989)|
|1990||Geoffrey Parker, The Military Revolution: Military Innovation and the Rise of the West (Cambridge University Press, 1989)|
|1989||Judith A. McGaw, Most Wonderful Machine: Mechanization and Social Change in Berkshire Paper Making, 1801-1885 (Princeton University Press, 1987), and Anthony F. C. Wallace, St. Clair: A Nineteenth-century Coal Town’s Experience with Disaster-prone Industry (Knopf, 1987)|
*Formerly the Dexter prize