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The International Committee for the History of Technology, ICOHTEC, welcomes submissions for its new article prize, Maurice Daumas Prize, which aims to encourage innovative and superbly written research in the history of technology. ICOHTEC is interested in the history of technology focusing on technological development as well as its relationship to science, society, economy, culture and the environment. The history of technology covers all periods of human history. There is no limitation as to theoretical or methodological approaches.
The Maurice Daumas Prize will be awarded to the best submission of an article on the history of technology published in a journal or edited volumewithin two previous calendar years. Submissions are welcomed from junior and senior scholars of any country, and they can focus to study the technological past of any part of the world.
Eligible to the prize are original published articles in any of the official ICOHTEC languages (English, French, German, Russian or Spanish). If the language of publication is not English, applicants should include a three-page English summary.



2014 : Donna J. Drucker (Technische Universität Darmstadt) for her article 'Keying Desire: Alfred Kinsey’s Use of Punched Card Machines for Sex Research' published in Journal of the History of Sexuality in 2013.

2013 : Nathan Ensmenger (Indiana University) for his article 'Is chess the drosophila of artificial intelligence?' published in the journal Social Studies of Science in 2012.

2012 : Mara Mills for her article 'On Disability and Cybernetics: Helen Keller, Norbert Wiener, and the Hearing Glove' published in 2011 by the Duke University Press journal Differences

2011 : Joseph Masco (University of Chicago) for his article 'Bad Weather: On Planetary Crisis' published in the journal Social Studies of Science in 2010.



Susan Schmidt Horning, Prof., Chair
St. John's University
Queens, NY 11439 USA

Email: schmidts@stjohns.edu

Andrew Butrica, Dr.,
Research Historians Group
Bethesda, MD  USA

Email: abutrica@earthlink.net

Hermione Giffard, Dr.
Independent Scholar
The Netherlands

Email: hgiffard@gmail.com
Pierre Lamard, Prof.
L’Université de Technologie
de Belfort-Montbéliard (UTBM) France
Email: pierre.lamard@utbm.fr

Patrice Bret, Dr.
Centre Alexandre Koyré/CNRS-EHESS-MNHN Paris

Email: patrice.bret@yahoo.fr


MAURICE DAUMAS (1910 - 1984) – The French Trailblazer

The history of technology would never have become a prominent field of historical research without energetic pathbreakers. Maurice Daumas was one of them. His broad scientific production include an early work Les instruments scientifiques aus XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles,which gained good reputation and was also published as an English translation.During years 1962–1978, he edited a highly valued history of technology Histoire générale des techniques, 5 volumes, which has been translated into English and Spanish and used as a textbook in various countries. In France, Daumas was also the pioneer of industrial archaeology. Daumas put great efforts to promote the history of technology as a discipline, and he contributed to several societies, journals and conferences. He was also the first secretary general of ICOHTEC and the host of its symposium at Pont-a-Mousson in 1970.
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