The Francis Bacon Award in the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
Offered biennially in the amount of $20,000, the Francis Bacon Award is bestowed on an outstanding scholar whose work continues to have a substantial impact in the history of science, the history of technology, or historically-engaged philosophy of science. The winner of the Bacon Award is invited to spend one term (10 weeks) as a Visiting Professor at Caltech to teach and lead a biennial conference that brings together the best younger and established scholars in the area of the Bacon Visiting Professor's specific interests.
Please direct questions about the Francis Bacon Award to:
Secretary to the Bacon Committee
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA 91125
The 2016 Francis Bacon Conference took place on March 10-12, on the Caltech campus and at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Organized by the Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences—with the Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy and the Research Division at The Huntington—the conference honored the 2014 Bacon Award recipient, Jürgen Renn, Director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, for his influential studies of structural changes in systems of knowledge. Read more about Dr. Renn and his award-winning work here. Titled "General Relativity at One Hundred" or "GR 100," the three-day conference was occasioned by the centennial of Einstein's general theory of relativity. A collaboration among physicists and historians, participants at GR 100 explored topics ranging from the early history of general relativity to current experimental projects, including gravitational wave detection and precision tests, and various fronts of theoretical research.
The GR 100 conference was made possible by the generous financial support of the Francis Bacon Foundation and Caltech's Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics.
Jürgen Renn (2014), Director, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
Lisa Jardine (2012), Centre for Editing Lives and Letters, University College London, Renaissance Studies
Myles Jackson (2010), Gallatin School, New York University, History of Science
Naomi Oreskes (2008), Professor of History and Science Studies, Department of History, UC San Diego
Alexander Jones (2006), Professor of the History of the Exact Sciences in Antiquity, NYU Institute for the Study of the Ancient World
Lawrence Principe (2004), Drew Professor of the Humanities, Director of the Charles Singleton Center for the Study of Pre-Modern Europe, Department of the History of Science and Technology, Johns Hopkins University
General Relativity at One Hundred [March 10-12, 2016]
- Conference Program
- Jürgen Renn // Bacon Award Public Lecture [video]
- Kip Thorne // GR 100 Public Lecture [video]
Testimonies: States of Mind and States of the Body in the Early Modern Period [May 9-10, 2014]
Molecular Biology and Intellectual Property in the Age of Biocapitalism [May 6-7, 2011]
How the Cold War Transformed Science [May 7-9, 2010]
Ptolemy in Perspective: Use and Criticism of His Work from Antiquity to the Present [May 31-June 2, 2007]
Workshop on 18th Century Chemistry [April 21-June 2, 2005]