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The Sally Hacker Prize

The Sally Hacker Prize was established in 1999 to honor exceptional scholarship that reaches beyond the academy toward a broad audience. Any book published in the three years preceding the year of the award is eligible (for example, books eligible for the 2017 award would have been published in 2014–2016). The prize consists of a cash award and a certificate.

The Color Revolution book cover

The Color Revolution book cover

Publishers and authors are invited to nominate titles for this prize. To nominate a book, please send one copy to each of the committee members listed below, postmarked by 15 March 2018 for the 2018 award. While each book is eligible for three years after its publication date, it must be specifically renominated in years two and/or three of eligibility in order to be reconsidered. Renomination requires that a copy of the book be sent to any new committee members, and any returning committee member who previously received the book must receive a letter renominating the book.

For more information, please contact the committee chair or Jan Korsten, SHOT Secretary,  [email protected].

2017 Hacker Prize Committee

Joe Corn, Chair (2016-2018)
Senior Lecturer Emeritus
Department of History
Stanford University
mailing address:
Joe Corn
P. O. Box 1299
Sagamore Beach, MA 02562
[email protected]
Ann N. Greene (2017-2019)
Department of History and Sociology of Science
University of Pennsylvania
Suite 303 Claudia Cohen Hall
249 S. 36th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6304
[email protected]
Edward McCaul (2015-2017)
The Ohio State University
College of Engineering
mailing address:

4807 Krenmore Court
Chester, VA 23831

[email protected]

 Recipients of the Sally Hacker Prize

2016 Laura Snyder, Eye of the Beholder: Johannes Vermeer, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, and the Reinvention of Seeing (W. W. Norton and Company, 2015)
2015 W. Bernard Carlson, Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age (Princeton University Press, 2013)
2014 Eric Schlosser, Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety (New York: The Penguin Press, 2013)
2013 Regina Blaszczyk, The Color Revolution (MIT Press, 2012)
2012 Molly Berger, Hotel Dreams: Luxury, Technology, and Urban Ambition in America, 1829–1929 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011)
2011 James R. Fleming, Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control (Columbia University Press, 2010)
2010 Susanne Freidberg, Fresh: A Perishable History (Harvard University Press, 2009)
2008 W. Bernard Carlson, Technology in World History (Oxford University Press, 2005)
2007 Mark Katz, Capturing Sound: How Technology Has Changed Music (University of California Press, 2004)
2006 Brian Hayes, Infrastructure: A Field Guide to the Industrial Landscape (W.W. Norton, 2005)
2005 David Herlihy, Bicycle: The History (Yale University Press, 2004)
2004 Rebecca Solnit, River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West (Viking, 2003)
2003 Philip Ball, Bright Earth: Art and the Invention of Color (Farrar Strauss and Giroux 2002)
2002 Bella Bathurst, The Lighthouse Stevensons: The Extraordinary Story of the Building of the Scottish Lighthouses by the Ancestors of Robert Louis Stevenson (Harper Collins, 1999)
2001 David A. Mindell, War, Technology, and Experience Aboard the USS Monitor (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000)
2000 Susan J. Douglas, Listening In: Radio and the American Imagination (Times Books 1999)
1999 Michael Riordan and Lillian Hoddeson, Crystal Fire: The Birth of the Information Age (Norton 1997)