W. T. Stearn Student Essay Prize 2020 open for best original, unpublished, essay in the field of history of natural history
The Society for the History of Natural History invites submissions to the 2020 William T. Stearn Student Essay Prize Competition. The prize will be awarded to the best original, unpublished, essay in the field of history of natural history. The submission deadline is 30 July 2020.
The competition is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students in full or part-time education. Entry is not limited to members of SHNH. Entries will be considered by a panel of three judges appointed by the Council of the Society.
The winner will receive £300 and be offered membership of the Society for one year. The winning essay will normally be published in the Society’s journal Archives of Natural History.
Entries must be prepared in conformity with the bibliographic conventions of Archives of Natural History, in ‘Guidelines for Authors’.
The William T. Stearn Student Essay Prize has been instituted in honour of the late William T. Stearn, a scholar whose work contributed much to the field and to this Society.
William T. Stearn, CBE, was born in Chesterton, Cambridge, and developed an early interest in books and natural history. He became an outstanding botanical scholar and worked at the British Museum (Natural History) from 1953-76, retiring as a Senior Principal Scientific Officer. His many awards included the Linnean Gold Medal of The Linnean Society of London (1976), and the Society for the History of Natural History’s Founders’ Medal in 1986.
Nathan Smith (University of Cambridge) is the eleventh winner of the prize (2019). For more information see: https://shnh.org.uk/news/william-t-stearn-essay-prize-2019/