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Society for the History of Natural History

Awards, Honours and Medals

The Patron's Review

The Patron’s Review

The Patron’s Review, in association with the Society’s patron Sir David Attenborough OM CH FRS, is an opportunity for an outstanding young scholar, nominated by Council, and invited by the Society’s Patron to write a review that advances the Society’s objects, namely “the historical and bibliographical study of the growth of all branches of natural history in all periods and cultures”.


  • D. A. Lowther
The art of classification: Brian Houghton Hodgson and the “Zoology of Nipal”Archives of Natural History, April 2019, Vol. 46, No. 1: pp. 1-23.  DOI:
  • S. Gibson
The careering naturalists: creating career paths in natural history, 1790–1830. Archives of Natural History, Oct 2017, Vol. 44, No. 2: pp. 195-214. DOI:
  • A. Marples & V. R. M. Pickering
Exploring cultures of collecting in the early modern world. Archives of Natural History, April 2016, Vol. 43 No. 1: pp. 1-20. DOI:
  • Joanna Henley
The role of the moving image in natural history. Archives of Natural History, April 2013, Vol. 40 No. 1: pp. 52-71. DOI:
  • Sachiko Kusukawa
The role of images in the development of Renaissance natural history. Archives of Natural History, Oct 2011, Vol. 38 No. 2: pp 189-213. DOI: