The Francis Bacon Award in the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology


The California Institute of Technology and the Francis Bacon Foundation are pleased to request nominations for the Francis Bacon Award in the history of science, the history of technology, or historically-engaged philosophy of science. 

The Francis Bacon Prize
Offered biennially in the amount of $20,000, the Prize will be awarded to an outstanding scholar whose work continues to have a substantial impact on any of the three fields. The winner of the Bacon Prize will be invited to spend one term (3 months) at Caltech. Funds will be provided to compensate the winner’s home institution for the period of residence at Caltech, and the winner for costs of transportation and local housing. A biennial conference will bring together the best younger and established scholars in the area of the Bacon Visiting Professor’s specific interests.

Previous awardees are:

John Krige (2020), Kranzberg Professor in the School of History and Sociology at the Georgia Institute of Technology

Niccolò Guicciardini (2018), Associate Professor, Department of Human and Social Sciences, Università degli studi di Bergamo, Italy

Jürgen Renn (2016), Director, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

Lisa Jardine (2014), Centre for Editing Lives and Letters, University College London, Renaissance Studies

Myles Jackson (2011), Gallatin School, New York University, History of Science

Naomi Oreskes (2010), Professor of History and Science Studies, Department of History, UC San Diego

Alexander Jones (2007), Professor of the History of the Exact Sciences in Antiquity, NYU Institute for the Study of the Ancient World

Lawrence Principe (2005), 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

Lawrence Principe (2004), Johns Hopkins University, history of chemistry

Alexander Jones (2006), University of Toronto, history of astronomy

Please direct questions about the Francis Bacon Award to .


Please include:
1. A letter of nomination, one page maximum per nominee, which addresses the candidate’s qualifications and potential.  Please include the nominee’s contact information.
2. A copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae.