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The Roy G. Neville Prize in Bibliography or Biography is a biennial award given by the Science History Institute (formerly the Chemical Heritage Foundation) to recognize a biographical work in the field of chemistry or molecular science.[1] The Roy G. Neville Prize was established in 2006 and named to honor scientist and book collector Roy G. Neville. Neville founded Engineering and Technical Consultants, Redwood City, California, in 1973. He also assembled one of the world's largest collections of rare books in the field of science and technology. The Neville collection, including over 6,000 titles from the late 15th century to the early 20th century, was acquired by the Chemical Heritage Foundation (now the Science History Institute) in 2004.[2][3][4]


The following people have received the Neville Award:[1]

  • 2017, John C. Powers for Inventing Chemistry: Herman Boerhaave and the Reform of the Chemical Arts[5]
  • 2016 Melvyn Usselman, for Pure Intelligence: The Life of William Hyde Wollaston
  • 2013 Mary Jo Nye, for Michael Polanyi and His Generation: Origins of the Social Construction of Science[1]
  • 2011 Michael Hunter, for Boyle: Between God and Science[6][7]
  • 2009 William H. Brock, for William Crookes (1832–1919) and the Commercialization of Science[8]
  • 2007 Michael D. Gordin, for A Well-Ordered Thing: Dmitrii Mendeleev and the Shadow of the Periodic Table[9][10]
  • 2006 Robert E. Schofield, for The Enlightened Joseph Priestley: A Study of His Life and Works from 1773 to 1804[11][12]

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  1. ^ a b c "Roy G. Neville Prize in Bibliography or Biography". Science History Institute. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  2. ^ Neville, Roy G. (2006). The Roy G. Neville Historical Chemical Library: An Annotated Catalogue of Printed Books on Alchemy. Philadelphia, Penn: Chemical Heritage Foundation. ISBN 9780941901406.
  3. ^ Greenberg, Arthur (2006). From alchemy to chemistry in picture and story. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. p. xxiii. ISBN 978-0471751540. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  4. ^ Sanderson, Katharine (2004). "Chemical bounty in the bargain basement". Royal Society of Chemistry. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Faculty and Staff Features for August 2017". VCU News. August 31, 2017. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Professor Michael Hunter". Birkbeck University of London. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Executive Committee". International Society for Intellectual History. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  8. ^ "Emeritus Professor of History of Science wins accolade International Prize for Professor Bill Brock". University of Leicester. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  9. ^ "Speaking Utopian". University of Pennsylvania. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  10. ^ "Michael Gordin". Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  11. ^ Gussman, Neil (2006). "Biography of Joseph Priestley Receives First Neville Prize". Chemical Heritage Magazine. 24 (4): 21. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  12. ^ "Robert Edwin Schofield". Institute for Advanced Study. Retrieved 18 May 2016.