Richard W. Leopold Prize

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The Richard W. Leopold Prize is awarded biennially by the Organization of American Historians (OAH). Professor Leopold (1912-2006) was President of the OAH in 1976-1977.

A 3-member committee, chosen by the President of the OAH, chooses the best history book on U.S. federal government agencies, U.S. foreign policies, U.S. military affairs, or biographies of government officials.[1] Only non-academic historians are eligible for the Prize, preferably historians employed by federal government agencies. The winning author receives $1,500. In 1990, the prize went to two books. In 2002, the prize went to two books, one of which had two authors. In these years, the authors split the prize money.[2]

In the listing below, the author links lead to the latest available biographical data. Unfortunately, few government employees have sites comparable to those sites in academia. The institutional affiliation listed is that at the time the awards was given, and the links are to those institutions. In both cases, “Wikipedia” sites, where available, were given preference.

Year Winner Affiliation Title
1984 J. Merton England[3] A Patron for Pure Science, The National Science Foundation's Formative Years, 1945-1957
1986 Steven L. Rearden[4] History of the Office of the Secretary of Defense: The Formative Years, 1947-1950
1988 James Edward Miller [5] The United States and Italy 1940-1950: The Politics and Diplomacy of Stabilization
1990 Richard G. Hewlett co-author U.S. Department of Energy Atoms for Peace and War 1953-1961: Eisenhower and the Atomic Energy Commission
1990 Jack M. Holl[6] co-author U.S. Department of Energy Atoms for Peace and War 1953-1961: Eisenhower and the Atomic Energy Commission
1992 Donald A. Ritchie U.S. Senate Press Gallery: Congress and the Washington Correspondents
1994 Donald R. Baucom [7] Air Power Research Institute[8] at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama The Origins of SDI, 1944-1983
1996 Barton C. Hacker[9] U.S. Department of Energy Elements of Controversy: The Atomic Energy Commission and Radiation Safety in Nuclear Weapons Testing, 1947-1974
1998 Andrew J. Butrica[10] Independent scholar To See the Unseen: A History of Planetary Radar Astronomy
2000 William M. Hammond[11] U.S. Army Center of Military History Reporting Vietnam: Media and Military at War
2002co-winner Dale Andradé[12] co-author U.S. Army Center of Military History Indonesia, Spies and Commandos: How America Lost the Secret War in North Vietnam
2002co-winner Kenneth Conboy,[13] co-author Control Risks Group Indonesia, Spies and Commandos: How America Lost the Secret War in North Vietnam
2002co-winner Gary E. Weir[14] U.S. Naval Historical Center An Ocean in Common: American Naval Officers, Scientists, and the Ocean
2004 Peter S. Kindsvatter[15] U.S. Army Ordnance Center and Schools,[16] Aberdeen Proving Grounds American Soldiers: Ground Combat in the World Wars, Korea, and Vietnam
2006 Robert J. Schneller Jr.[17] U.S. Naval Historical Center Breaking the Color Barrier: The U.S. Naval Academy's First Black Midshipmen and the Struggle for Racial Equality
2008 Michael J. Neufeld[18] National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution Von Braun: Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War
2010 J. Samuel Walker U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission The Road to Yucca Mountain: The Development of Radioactive Waste Policy in the United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Richard W. Leopold Prize". The Organization of American Historians: Programs & Resources: OAH Awards and Prizes. The Organization of American Historians. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  2. ^ http://www.oah.org/activities/awards/leopold/winners.html Last viewed 03/01/11.
  3. ^ No sites found. Last searched 03/01/11
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  6. ^ http://www-personal.ksu.edu/~jackholl/ Last viewed on 03/01/11
  7. ^ http://airforcehistory.hq.af.mil/Publications/fulltext/golden/14.pdf Last viewed 03/01/11
  8. ^ http://www.au.af.mil/au/research/ Last viewed 03/01/11.
  9. ^ http://www.si.edu/ofg/Staffhp/HackerB.htm Last viewed on 03/01/11
  10. ^ http://www.linkedin.com/pub/andrew-butrica/7/5b5/a81 Last viewed 03/01/11
  11. ^ http://lectures.oah.org/lecturers/lecturer.html?id=139 Last viewed 03/01/11
  12. ^ http://history.army.mil/armyhistory/AH65(W).pdf Last viewed 03/01/11
  13. ^ http://www.ospreypublishing.com/authors/kenneth_conboy Last viewed 03/01/11
  14. ^ http://www.history.navy.mil/colloquia/cch5f.htm Last viewed 03/01/11
  15. ^ http://www.kansaspress.ku.edu/kiname.html Last viewed 03/01/11
  16. ^ http://www.goordnance.army.mil/ Last viewed 03/01/11
  17. ^ http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Cushing/Robert-J-Schneller/e/9781574885064#TABS Last viewed 03/01/11
  18. ^ http://www.nasm.si.edu/staffDetail.cfm?staffID=42 Last viewed 03/01/11