Partington Prize

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The Partington Prize

Ambix: The Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry

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About the prize

The Partington Prize was established in memory of Professor James Riddick Partington, the Society’s first Chairman. It is awarded every three years for an original and unpublished essay on any aspect of the history of alchemy or chemistry. The prize consists of five hundred pounds (£500).

The call for submissions for the 2023 Partington Prize is now open. It is awarded every three years for an original and unpublished essay on any aspect of the history of alchemy or chemistry. The competition is open to anyone with a scholarly interest in the history of alchemy or chemistry who, by the closing date of 31 December 2022, has not reached thirty-five years of age, or if older is currently enrolled in a degree programme or has been awarded a master’s degree or PhD within the previous three years.

Read the full 2023 Prize Announcement here.

Past prize-winning essays can be viewed below.

Year Author(s) Article Volume Issue
2020 Mike A. Zuber Alchemical Promise, the Fraud Narrative, and the History of Science from Below: A German Adept’s Encounter with Robert Boyle and Ambrose Godfrey 68 1
2017 Stephen T. Irish The Corundum Stone and Crystallographic Chemistry* 64 4
2014 Evan Hepler-Smith “Just as the Structural Formula Does”: Names, Diagrams, and the Structure of Organic Chemistry at the 1892 Geneva Nomenclature Congress 62 1
2011 Marcos Martinón-Torres Inside Solomon’s House: An Archaeological Study of the Old Ashmolean Chymical Laboratory in Oxford 59 1
2011 Dr Evan Ragland Chymistry and Taste in the Seventeenth Century: Franciscus Dele Boë Sylvius as a Chymical Physician Between Galenism and Cartesianism 59 1
2008 Jennifer M. Rampling Establishing the Canon: George Ripley and his Alchemical Sources 55 3
2008 Georgette Taylor Tracing Influence in Small Steps: Richard Kirwan's Quantified Affinity Theory 55 3
2005 Dane T. Daniel Invisible Wombs: Rethinking Paracelsus's Concept of Body and Matter 53 2
1999 Tara E. Nummedal Alchemical Reproduction and the Career of Anna Maria Zieglerin 48 2
1993 Katherine D. Watson The Chemist as Expert: The Consulting Career of Sir William Ramsay 42 3
1990 Marco Beretta The Historiography of Chemistry in the Eighteenth Century: A Preliminary Survey and Bibliography 39 1
1987 Timothy D. Moy Emil Fischer as “Chemical Mediator”: Science, Industry, and Government in World War One 36 3
1984 T. M. Luhrmann An Interpretation of the Fama Fraternitatis with Respect to Dee's Monas Hieroglyphica 33 1
1981 William Newman Thomas Vaughan as an Interpreter of Agrippa Von Nettesheim 29 3
1978 Reinhard Löw The Progress of Organic Chemistry during the Period of German Romantic Naturphilosophie (1795–1825) 27 1
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