John Desmond Bernal Prize

The John Desmond Bernal Prize is an award given annually by the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) to scholars judged to have made a distinguished contribution to the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS).[1] The award was launched in 1981, with the support of Eugene Garfield.[2]

The award is named after the scientist John Desmond Bernal.

Award recipients

Source: Society for Social Studies of Science

YearRecipientNotable works
1981[3]Derek de Solla PriceLittle Science, Big Science
1982Robert K. MertonThe Sociology of Science
1983[4]Thomas S. KuhnThe Structure of Scientific Revolutions
1984Joseph NeedhamScience and Civilisation in China
1985[5]Joseph Ben-DavidThe Scientist's Role in Society: A Comparative Study
1986[6]Michael MulkayThe Word and the World: Explorations in the Form of Sociological Analysis
1987[7]Christopher FreemanThe Economics of Industrial Innovation
1988[8]Dorothy NelkinSelling Science: How the Press Covers Science and Technology
1989Gerald HoltonThe Scientific Imagination
1990[9]Thomas HughesNetworks of Power: Electrification in Western Society, 1880-1930
1991[2]Melvin KranzbergBy the Sweat of Thy Brow: Work in the Western World (with Joseph Gies)
1992[10]Bruno LatourLaboratory Life (with Steve Woolgar)
1993[11]David EdgeAstronomy Transformed (with Michael Mulkay)
1994[12]Mary DouglasNatural Symbols
1995[12]Bernard BarberScience and the Social Order
1996[13]David BloorKnowledge and Social Imagery
1997[14]Harry CollinsThe Golem: What Everyone Should Know about Science (with Trevor Pinch)
1998Barry BarnesScientific Knowledge and Sociological Theory
1999Martin J.S. RudwickThe Great Devonian Controversy: The Shaping of Scientific Knowledge among Gentlemanly Specialists
2000[15]Donna HarawayA Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century
2001[16]Steven ShapinLeviathan and the Air-Pump: Hobbes, Boyle, and the Experimental Life (with Simon Schaffer)
2002Michel CallonThe Laws of the Markets
2003Helga NowotnyRe-Thinking Science (with Michael Gibbon and Peter Scott)
2004Sheila JasanoffControlling Chemicals
2005Donald MacKenzieMechanizing proof: computing, risk, and trust
2006Wiebe BijkerOf bicycles, bakelites and bulbs: Toward a Theory of Sociotechnical Change
2007Ruth Schwartz CowanA Social History of American Technology
2008Steve WoolgarLaboratory Life (with Bruno Latour)
2009Karin Knorr CetinaEpistemic Cultures: How the Sciences Make Knowledge
2010Brian WynneRationality and Ritual: The Windscale Inquiry and Nuclear Decisions in Britain
2011Evelyn Fox KellerReflections on Gender and Science
2012Adele ClarkeDisciplining Reproduction: American Life Scientists and the 'Problem of Sex'
2013[17]Sandra HardingThe Science Question in Feminism
2014[18]Lucy SuchmanPlans and Situated Actions: The Problem of Human-machine Communication
2015[19][20]John LawPower, action, and belief: a new sociology of knowledge
2016[21]Michael LynchRepresentation in Scientific Practice
2017[22]Hebe VessuriCiencia, Tecnología y Sociedad en América Latina ("Science, Technology and Society in Latin America")
2018[23]Trevor PinchThe Social Construction of Technological Systems: New Directions in the Sociology and History of Technology (with Wiebe Bijker and Thomas P. Hughes)


  1. About the John Desmond Bernal Prize
  2. Kranzberg, Melvin (1992). "Acceptance". Science, Technology, & Human Values. 17 (3): 350–395. JSTOR 690103.
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  5. "News". 4S Review. 3 (4): 30–36. 1985. JSTOR 690334.
  6. Mulkay, Michael (1986). "A Black Day for the 4S". Science & Technology Studies. 4 (3/4): 41–43. JSTOR 690413.
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  10. Rip, Arie (1993). "Citation for Bruno Latour". Science, Technology, & Human Values. 18 (3): 379–383. doi:10.1177/016224399301800307. JSTOR 689727.
  11. MacKenzie, Donald (2003). "Eloge: David Owen Edge, 1932-2003". Isis. 94 (3): 498–499. doi:10.1086/380659. JSTOR 10.1086/380659.
  12. Restivo, Sal; Dowty, Rachel (2008). "Obituary: Bernard Barber and Mary Douglas". Social Studies of Science. 38 (4): 635–640. doi:10.1177/0306312708095712. JSTOR 25474599.
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  17. "Bernal Prize 2013: Sandra Harding". Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  18. "Bernal Prize 2014: Lucy Suchman". Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  19. "International award for OU Emeritus professor who combines the technical with the social". Open University. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  20. "Bernal Prize 2015: John Law". Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  21. "Bernal Prize 2016: Michael Lynch". Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  22. "Bernal Prize 2017: Hebe Vessuri". Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  23. "Bernal Prize 2018: Trevor Pinch". Retrieved 2018-09-14.
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