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The Sally Hacker Prize

Updated 12-2-2021
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Hacker 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 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 2019 award would have been published in 2016–2018). As an exception because of the problems encountered during 2020, for the 2021 prize also books published 2017 will be eligible  The prize consists of an award of $2,000 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.

Eligible books that have been nominated for the Hacker Prize before can be renominated. Each book is eligible for three years after its publication date (4 years for the 2021 Hacker Prize). So it is possible to nominate a book in three consecutive years (4 consecutive years in 2021). In case it concerns a renomination you have to indicate this in the online submission form. You must make sure to send a copy of the book to newly appointed Hacker Prize Committee members, and you have to inform the returning committee members (who already received the book before) that it concerns a renomination.

Nominated books for the 2021 Hacker Prize should be received by the committee members by April 15th 2021.

Go to the online submission form for the Hacker Prize 2021.

 

For more information, please contact the SHOT Secretariat,  [email protected].

SHOT president John Krige (right) and the recipient of the Sally Hacker Prize 2018 Mar Hicks in St. Louis during the Awards Ceremony. (Photo by Bucky Stanton)

2021 Hacker Prize Committee

Ann N. Greene, co-Chair (2020-2022)
Mar Hicks co-Chair (2019-2021)
Timothy Stoneman (2018-2021)
Alex Cummings (2021-2023)

 Recipients of the Sally Hacker Prize

2019 Meredith Broussard, Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World (The MIT Press, 2018)
2018 Mar Hicks, Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologist and Lost Its Edge in Computing (The MIT Press, 2017)
2017 Noris Hundley Jr. and Donald C. Jackson, Heavy Ground: William Mulholland and the St. Francis Dam Disaster (The Huntington Library and the University of California Press, 2015)
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)
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)