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, with the support of Eugene Garfield.[2]

The award is named after the scientist John Desmond Bernal.

Award recipients[edit]

Source: Society for Social Studies of Science

Year Recipient Notable works
1981[3] Derek de Solla Price Little Science, Big Science
1982 Robert K. Merton The Sociology of Science
1983[4] Thomas S. Kuhn The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
1984 Joseph Needham Science and Civilisation in China
1985[5] Joseph Ben-David The Scientist's Role in Society: A Comparative Study
1986[6] Michael Mulkay The Word and the World: Explorations in the Form of Sociological Analysis
1987[7] Christopher Freeman The Economics of Industrial Innovation
1988[8] Dorothy Nelkin Selling Science: How the Press Covers Science and Technology
1989 Gerald Holton The Scientific Imagination
1990[9] Thomas Hughes Networks of Power: Electrification in Western Society, 1880-1930
1991[2] Melvin Kranzberg By the Sweat of Thy Brow: Work in the Western World (with Joseph Gies)
1992[10] Bruno Latour Laboratory Life (with Steve Woolgar)
1993[11] David Edge Astronomy Transformed (with Michael Mulkay)
1994[12] Mary Douglas Natural Symbols
1995[12] Bernard Barber Science and the Social Order
1996[13] David Bloor Knowledge and Social Imagery
1997[14] 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[15] Donna Haraway A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century
2001[16] 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
2014 Lucy Suchman Plans and Situated Actions: The Problem of Human-machine Communication
2015[17] John Law Power, action, and belief: a new sociology of knowledge
2016 Michael Lynch
2017 Hebe Vessuri


  1. ^ About the John Desmond Bernal Prize
  2. ^ a b Kranzberg, Melvin (1992). "Acceptance". Science, Technology, & Human Values. 17 (3): 350–395. JSTOR 690103. 
  3. ^ Turner, G. L'e. (1984). "Obituary: Derek John de Solla Price 1922 – 1983". Annals of Science. 41 (2): 105–107. doi:10.1080/00033798400200431. Retrieved 10 January 2016. 
  4. ^ Kuhn, Thomas (1983). "Reflections on Receiving the John Desmond Bernal Award". 4S Review. 1 (4): 26–30. JSTOR 690305. 
  5. ^ "News". 4S Review. 3 (4): 30–36. 1985. JSTOR 690334. 
  6. ^ Mulkay, Michael (1986). "A Black Day for the 4S". Science & Technology Studies. 4 (3/4): 41–43. JSTOR 690413. 
  7. ^ "Obituary: Christopher Freeman". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 10 January 2016. 
  8. ^ Nelkin, Dorothee; Lindee, M. Susan (1996). ""Genes Made Me Do It": The Appeal of Biological Explanations". Politics and the Life Sciences. 15 (1): 95–97. doi:10.1017/s0730938400019778. JSTOR 4236198. 
  9. ^ Rip, Arie (1991). "Citation for Thomas P. Hughes, 1990 Bernal Prize Recipient". Science, Technology, & Human Values. 16 (3): 382–386. doi:10.1177/016224399101600307. JSTOR 689922. 
  10. ^ Rip, Arie (1993). "Citation for Bruno Latour". Science, Technology, & Human Values. 18 (3): 379–383. doi:10.1177/016224399301800307. JSTOR 689727. 
  11. ^ MacKenzie, Donald (2003). "Eloge: David Owen Edge, 1932-2003". Isis. 94 (3): 498–499. doi:10.1086/380659. JSTOR 10.1086/380659. 
  12. ^ a b Restivo, Sal; Dowty, Rachel (2008). "Obituary: Bernard Barber and Mary Douglas". Social Studies of Science. 38 (4): 635–640. doi:10.1177/0306312708095712. JSTOR 25474599. 
  13. ^ Restivo, Sal (1997). "Citation for Bloor". Science, Technology, & Human Values. 22 (3): 369–370. doi:10.1177/016224399702200305. JSTOR 689892. 
  14. ^ Knorr-Cetina, Karin (1998). "Citation for H.M. Collins". Science, Technology, & Human Values. 23 (4): 491–493. doi:10.1177/016224399802300407. JSTOR 690144. 
  15. ^ Bould, Mark; Butler, Andrew; Roberts, Adam (2009). Fifty key figures in science fiction. London: Routledge. ISBN 0415439507. 
  16. ^ Reuell, Peter. "A lifetime of scholarship, recognized". Harvard Gazette. Retrieved 10 January 2016. 
  17. ^ "International award for OU Emeritus professor who combines the technical with the social". Open University. Retrieved 10 January 2016. 

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