The Partington Prize

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The Partington Prize

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

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 It is awarded every three years for an original and unpublished essay on any aspect of the history of alchemy or chemistry.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 Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry is delighted to announce that the winner of the 2020 Partington Prize is Dr Mike A. Zuber of the University of Queensland for his article “Alchemical Promise, the Fraud Narrative, and the History of Science from Below: A German Adept’s Encounter with Robert Boyle and Ambrose Godfrey.”

Dr Mike A. Zuber is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Queensland. He obtained his doctorate with distinction at the University of Amsterdam in 2017 and subsequently received grant funding from the Swiss National Science Foundation for a postdoc project based at the University of Oxford. He has published on the scientific, religious, and intellectual history of the seventeenth century, with particular expertise in German-speaking contexts.

Read the full 2020 Prize Announcement here.

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
2008 Jennifer M. Rampling Establishing the Canon: George Ripley and his Alchemical Sources 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