Society for the History of Natural History Book Prize 2022
The prize is awarded for the best book published on the history or bibliography of natural history in the preceding two years.
Winners receive the John Thackray Medal, instituted in 2000 to commemorate the life and work of John Thackray, a Past President of the Society.
Closing date is 30 June 2022.
- Prize winners are chosen by a panel of 3 judges (all members of the Society).
- Competition opens on 1 January 2022.
- Nominations may be made by SHNH members, or submitted by publishers.
- All books must be received by 30 June. Three copies of the book you wish to considered should be sent to the Chair of the Book Prize Panel. Contact Geraldine.Reid@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk to obtain the Chair’s name and address.
- All books should have been published in the two calendar years preceding the year the award will be presented. For instance, works published in 2020 and 2021 will be eligible for the 2022 award.
The prize will be awarded to the book which contributes most significantly to the history of natural history. Significance will be assessed on the basis of:
- Organisation and presentation of information
- Excellence of intellectual content
- Contribution to the literature of the field.
Nominations must be sent to the Chair of the Book Prize Panel and include the following:
- Your name as a nominator and your contact details.
- The nominee’s name and contact details.
- A supporting statement (up to 600 words) describing why the nominee should receive the award.
Download nomination form.
The Society for the History of Natural History Book Prize
The award was instituted in 2000 to commemorate the life and work of John Thackray (1948–1999), Past President of SHNH, an outstanding scholar of the history of science with an enviable knowledge of natural history. He served as an Officer of the Society for the History of Natural History for 24 years (1973–1997) and in 1999 became the Society’s President. He authored 30 books and articles including Guide to the Official Archives of the Natural History Museum (1998).