Hughes Prize Shortlisting

Source: British Society for the History of Science (BSHS)


The British Society for the History of Science (BSHS) has unveiled the shortlist for its Hughes Prize.

Six exceptional books will now be read by judges before the winner is revealed later this year.

The shortlisted works include a history of menthol cigarettes as a means of revealing networks of corporate exploitation and racial capitalism in the twentieth-century United States; a global history of science that challenges longstanding Eurocentric narratives; and a study of American psychiatry ranging broadly across questions of expertise, institutions, and therapy from the field’s inception to the present day.

Three of the books examine narratives of British history, with an account of how and why Victorians re-imagined their future in scientific and technological terms; a study of the role played by Georgian gardens in advancing science, education, and agricultural experimentation; and a biography that places the Huxley family at the centre of debates over humanity’s place in nature.

Clare Hickman
The Doctor’s Garden. Medicine, Science, and Horticulture in Britain
2021, Yale University Press

Alison Bashford
The Huxleys. An Intimate History of Evolution
2023, Penguin Books

Keith Wailoo
Pushing Cool. Big Tabacco, Racial Marketing, and the Untold Story of the Menthol Cigarette
2021, Chicago University Press

Iwan Rhys Morus
How the Victorians Took Us to the Moon. The Story of the Nineteenth-Century Innovators Who Forged the Future
2022, Icon Books

Andrew Scull
Desperate Remedies. Psychiatry’s Turbulent Quest to Cure Mental Illness
2022, Harvard University Press

James Poskett
Horizons. A Global History of Science
2023, Penguin Books