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Francis Bacon Award

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. The awardee also receives a Bacon prize medal and $20,000 prize.

HSS is pleased to announce the selection of Francesca Rochberg as the 2022 Francis Bacon Award recipient. Rochberg, the Catherine and William L. Magistretti Distinguished Professor of Near Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley, is the world's leading expert on the history of Babylonian astronomy and astrology, focusing on the second and first millennia BCE—the foundation for the development of astronomy among the Greeks. She has written several books, including Before Nature: Cuneiform Knowledge and the History of Science (University of Chicago Press, 2016). Her honors include a MacArthur Fellowship (1982) and a Guggenheim Fellowship (1993), and in 2008 she was elected to the American Philosophical Society.

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Francis Bacon Award medal

The Francis Bacon Award medal

Previous Awardees & Conferences

Year Awardee Awardee Title & Affiliation Conference Materials
2022 Francesca Rochberg Catherine and William L. Magistretti Distinguished Professor of Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley Thematic Continuities in Astronomy and Astrology from Antiquity to the Renaissance: A Conference in Memory of Noel M. Swerdlow
May 18-20, 2023
Conference Program
2020 John Krige Kranzberg Professor in the School of History and Sociology, Georgia Institute of Technology Transnational Transactions: Negotiating the Movement of Knowledge Across Borders
February 20-21, 2020
Conference Program
Keynote Lecture Poster
2018 Niccolò Guicciardini Associate Professor, Department of Human and Social Sciences, Università degli studi di Bergamo, Italy Anachronism(s) in the History of Mathematics
April 13-14, 2018
Conference Program
Keynote Lecture Poster
2016 Jürgen Renn Director, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science General Relativity at One Hundred
March 10-12, 2016
Conference Program
Jürgen Renn Keynote Lecture Video
Kip Thorne GR 100 Public Lecture Video
2014 Lisa Jardine Centre for Editing Lives and Letters, University College London, Renaissance Studies Testimonies: States of Mind and States of the Body in the Early Modern Period
May 9-10, 2014
Conference Program
2011 Myles Jackson Gallatin School, New York University, History of Science Molecular Biology and Intellectual Property in the Age of Biocapitalism
May 6-7, 2011
Conference Program
2010 Naomi Oreskes Professor of History and Science Studies, Department of History, UC San Diego How the Cold War Transformed Science
May 7-9, 2010
Conference Program
2007 Alexander Jones Professor of the History of the Exact Sciences in Antiquity, NYU Institute for the Study of the Ancient World Ptolemy in Perspective: Use and Criticism of His Work from Antiquity to the Present
May 31-June 2, 2007
Conference Program
2005 Lawrence Principe 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 Workshop on 18th Century Chemistry
April 21-June 2, 2005
Conference Program