The winner of the first-ever Notes and Records Essay Award was publicly announced at a reception at the Royal Society on 21st May.
The winner is Daniel Mitchell, for his essay entitled ‘Reflecting nature: chemistry and comprehensibility in Gabriel Lippmann's “physical” method of photographing colours’. The essay discusses an important aspect of the work of Gabriel Lippmann, Nobel laureate and Foreign Member of the Royal Society, whose studies of colour photography have largely been forgotten until now. It will be published in the December 2010 issue of Notes and Records.
The prize was judged by a panel of historians of science comprising Professor Tilli Tansey, Dr Richard Noakes and Dr Jeff Hughes. The judges said of the winning entry:
Daniel Mitchell's essay impressed us as a mature, sophisticated and engaging piece of scholarship. Based on a wide range of original sources, it offers a fascinating reinterpretation of the work of the Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Lippmann on colour photography. We are delighted to award him the inaugural Notes and Records Essay Award.
Daniel's postgraduate degree was a DPhil at the University of Oxford, awarded in 2009. He receives a prize of £500 and a subscription to Notes and Records.
The Notes and Records Essay Award is open to young researchers in the history of science who have completed a postgraduate degree within the past five years. Essays, which must be unpublished, should be based on original research and relate to aspects of the history of science covered by the journal. The next award will be made in 2012.
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