• Francis Bacon Award
    The Francis Bacon Award medal.
  • 2014 Bacon Prize Winner Jürgen Renn, Director, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
  • Doris and Henry Dreyfuss Professor of History Jed Z. Buchwald awarding the first Francis Bacon Medal to Lawrence Principe, Drew Professor of the Humanities and Director of the Charles Singleton Center for the Study of Pre-modern Europe at Johns Hopkins University, 2004.

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:

Fran Tise
Secretary to the Bacon Committee
M/C 101-40
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA 91125
Email: ftise@hss.caltech.edu

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]

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]