John Desmond Bernal Prize

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The John Desmond Bernal Prize is an award given annually by the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) to scholars judged to have made a distinguished contribution to the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS).[1] The award was launched in 1981 and has been awarded to many of the most distinguished names associated with the development of the field. These include Thomas Kuhn, Robert K. Merton, David Bloor, Barry Barnes and Bruno Latour.

The award is named after the scientist John Desmond Bernal. Other awards given by 4S include the Ludwig Fleck Prize for 'best book in the area of Science and Technology Studies', the Rachel Carson Prize for 'a work of social or political relevance' and the David Edge Prize for 'best article in the area of Science and Technology Studies'.[2]

Award recipients[edit]

Year Recipient Notable works
1981 Derek de Solla Price Little Science, Big Science
1982 Robert K. Merton The Sociology of Science
1983 Thomas S. Kuhn The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
1984 Joseph Needham Science and Civilisation in China
1985 Joseph Ben-David The Scientist's Role in Society: A Comparative Study
1986 Michael Mulkay The Word and the World: Explorations in the Form of Sociological Analysis
1987 Christopher Freeman The Economics of Industrial Innovation
1988 Dorothy Nelkin Selling Science: How the Press Covers Science and Technology
1989 Gerald Holton The Scientific Imagination
1990 Thomas Hughes Networks of Power: Electrification in Western Society, 1880-1930
1991 Melvin Kranzberg By the Sweat of Thy Brow: Work in the Western World (with Joseph Gies)
1992 Bruno Latour Laboratory Life (with Steve Woolgar)
1993 David Edge Astronomy Transformed (with Michael Mulkay)
1994 Mary Douglas Natural Symbols
1995 Bernard Barber Science and the Social Order
1996 David Bloor Knowledge and Social Imagery
1997 Harry Collins The Golem: What Everyone Should Know about Science (with Trevor Pinch)
1998 Barry Barnes Scientific Knowledge and Sociological Theory
1999 Martin J.S. Rudwick The Great Devonian Controversy: The Shaping of Scientific Knowledge among Gentlemanly Specialists
2000 Donna Haraway A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century
2001 Steven Shapin Leviathan and the Air-Pump: Hobbes, Boyle, and the Experimental Life (with Simon Schaffer)
2002 Michel Callon The Laws of the Markets
2003 Helga Nowotny Re-Thinking Science (with Michael Gibbon and Peter Scott)
2004 Sheila Jasanoff Controlling Chemicals
2005 Donald MacKenzie Mechanizing proof: computing, risk, and trust
2006 Wiebe Bijker Of bicycles, bakelites and bulbs: Toward a Theory of Sociotechnical Change
2007 Ruth Schwartz Cowan A Social History of American Technology
2008 Steve Woolgar Laboratory Life (with Bruno Latour)
2009 Karin Knorr Cetina Epistemic Cultues: How the Sciences Make Knowledge
2010 Brian Wynne Rationality and Ritual: The Windscale Inquiry and Nuclear Decisions in Britain
2011 Evelyn Fox Keller Reflections on Gender and Science
2012 Adele Clarke Disciplining Reproduction: American Life Scientists and the 'Problem of Sex'
2013 Sandra Harding The Science Question in Feminism


  1. ^ About the John Desmond Bernal Prize
  2. ^ 4S Prizes

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