Science Writing Award

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) instituted their Science Writing Award to "promote effective science communication in print and broadcast media in order to improve the general public's appreciation of physics, astronomy, and allied science fields."[1] The winner receives $3000, and an engraved Windsor Chair. The awards is given in three broad categories: 1) science writing, 2) work intended for children, and 3) work done in new media. The AIP stopped issuing awards to three categories: 1) work by a professional journalist (last awarded in 2011) 2) work by a scientist (last awarded in 2009), and 3) broadcast media (last awarded in 2009)

Notable winners of this Science Writing Award include Nobel Prize winners Charles Townes and Steven Weinberg; other notables winners include Simon Singh, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Lawrence Krauss, John Wheeler, Kip Thorne, Leonard Susskind, Clifford Martin Will, Abraham Pais, Heinz Pagels, Banesh Hoffmann, and Martin Gardner.

Winners: New MediaEdit

Past Winners: JournalistEdit

Past Winners: ScientistEdit

2011: Dan Falk Scientific magazine Could Time End?

2009 - Dan Falk COSMOS magazine End of Days: A Universe in Ruins

2008 - Gino Segre Viking/Penguin Faust in Copenhagen

2007 - James Trefil Astronomy magazine Where is the Universe Heading?

2006: Simon Singh Harper Collins Big Bang

2005: Neil DeGrasse Tyson Natural History Magazine In the Beginning

2004: Len Fisher Arcade Publishing, Inc. How to Dunk a Doughnut: The Science of Everyday Life[2]

2003: Ray Jayawardhana Astronomy Magazine Beyond Black

2002: Lawrence Krauss Little, Brown & Co Atom: An Odyssey from the Big Bang to Life on Earth...and Beyond

Honorable Mention: Ken Croswell The Free Press The Universe at Midnight

2001: Neil de Grasse Tyson, Charles Liu, and Robert Irion Joseph Henry Press One Universe[4]

2000: Charles H. Townes Oxford University Press How the Laser Happened

1999: John Wheeler and Kenneth Ford, W.W. Norton, Geons, Black Holes & Quantum Foam

1998: Leonard Susskind, Scientific American, Black Holes and the Information Paradox

1997: Award postponed until 1998

1996: Mitchell Begelman & Martin Rees W.H. Freeman & Co. Gravity's Fatal Attraction: Black Holes in the Universe

1995: Eric Chaisson HarperCollins Publishing The Hubble Wars

1994: Kip S. Thorne W.W. Norton & Company Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous Legacy

1993: Hans C. von Baeyer Random House Taming the Atom

1992: David C. Cassidy W.H. Freeman & Co. Uncertainty: The Life and Science of Werner Heisenberg

1991: Harold Lewis W.W. Norton & Co. Technological Risk

1990: Bruce Murray W.W. Norton & Co. Journey Into Space

1989: Mark Littmann John Wiley & Sons Planets Beyond: Discovering the Outer Solar System

1988: Michael Riordan Simon & Schuster The Hunting of the Quark

1987: Clifford Martin Will Basic Books Was Einstein Right?

1986: Donald Goldsmith Walker and Company Nemesis: The Death Star

1985: Edwin C. Krupp Macmillan Publishing Company The Comet and You

1984: George Greenstein Freundlich Books Frozen Star

1983: Abraham Pais Oxford University Press Subtle Is the Lord...The Science and the Life of Albert Einstein

1982: Heinz Pagels Simon & Schuster The Cosmic Code: Quantum Physics as the Language of Nature

1981: Eric Chaisson Little, Brown & Company Cosmic Dawn

1980: William J. Kaufmann, III [it], W.H. Freeman & Company Black Holes and Warped Spacetime

1979: Hans C. von Baeyer Alumni Gazette, College of William & Mary The Wonder of Gravity

1978: Edwin C. Krupp Doubleday & Company In Search of Ancient Astronomies

1977: Steven Weinberg Basic Books, Inc. The First Three Minutes

1976: Jeremy Bernstein The New Yorker Physicist: I.I. Rabi

1975: Robert H. March Science Year The Quandary Over Quarks

1974: Robert D. Chapman NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center 'Comet Kohoutek

1973: Banesh Hoffmann Viking Press Albert Einstein: Creator and Rebel

1972: Dietrich Schroeer Addison-Wesley Physics & Its Fifth Dimension: Society

1971: Robert H. March MacGraw-Hill Book Co., Inc. Physics for Poets

1970: Jeremy Bernstein (written for) Atomic Energy Commission The Elusive Neutrino

1969: Kip S. Thorne Science Year The Death of a Star

Past Winners: Children'sEdit

2011: Vicki Wittenstein Boyds Mills Press "Planet Hunter: Geoff Marcy and the Search for Other Earths"

2010: Gillian Richardson Annick Press Ltd. "Kaboom! Explosions of All Kinds"

2009: Cora Lee and Gillian O’Reilly Annick Press "The Great Number Rumble: A story of Math in Surprising Places"

2008: Alexandra Siy and Dennis Kunkel Charlesbridge "SNEEZE!

2007: Jacob Berkowitz Kids Can Press "Jurassic Poop"

2006: David Garrison, Shannon Hunt and Jude Isabella Kids Can Press "Fantastic Feats and Failures"

2005: Bea Uusma Schyffert Chronicle Books "The Man Who Went to the Far Side of the Moon"

2004: Marianne Dyson National Geographic "Home on the Moon: Living in the Space Frontier"[6]

2003: Ron Miller Twenty-First Century Books, a Division of The Millbrook Press Worlds Beyond Series: Extrasolar Planets, The Sun, Jupiter, and Venus

2002: Fred Bortz The Millbrook Press Techno-Matter: The Materials Behind the Marvels

2001: Cynthia Pratt Nicolson Kids Can Press Exploring Space[4]

2000: Jill Frankel Hauser Williamson Publishing Science Play! Gizmos & Gadgets

1999: Elaine Scott Hyperion Books for Children Close Encounters

1998: Barbara Taylor Henry Holt and Company Earth Explained

1997: Donald Silver Silver Burdett Press Extinction is Forever

1996: Steve Tomecek W.H. Freeman and Company Bouncing & Bending Light

1995: Sally Ride and Tam O'Shaughnessy Crown Publishers, Inc. The Third Planet: Exploring the Earth from Space

1994: Wendy Baker, Andrew Haslam, and Alexandra Parsons Macmillan Make it Work!

1993: Gail Gibbons Holiday House Stargazers

1992: Gloria Skurzynski Bradbury Press Almost The Real Thing

1991: Richard Maurer Simon & Schuster Inc. Airborne

1990: David Macaulay Houghton Mifflin Company The Way Things Work

1989: Gail Kay Haines Putnam & Grosset Micromysteries

1988: Susan Kovacs Buxbaum, Rita Golden Graham, and Maryann Cocca-Leffler Basic Books Splash! All About Baths

Past Winner: Broadcast MediaEdit

2009: Tom Shachtman and David Dugan Windfall Films in collaboration with Meridian Productions and broadcast on WGBH/NOVA in association with TPT/Twin Cities Public Television "Absolute Zero"

2008: Julia Cort WGBH/NOVA scienceNOW "Asteroid"

2007: Jim Handman, Pat Senson, and Bob McDonald CBC Radio "Multiple Worlds, Parallel Universes"

2006: David Kestenbaum National Public Radio "Einstein's Miraculous Year: How Smart was Einstein?"

2005: Jon Palfreman WNET New York "Innovation: Light Speed"

2004: William S. Hammack "Public Radio Pieces" WILL-AM Radio 2003: Jim Handman, Pat Senson, and Bob McDonald CBC Radio "It's About Time"

2002: David Kestenbaum National Public Radio "Measuring Muons" (RealMedia file)

2001: Jon Palfreman WGBH- Frontline/NOVA "What's Up with the Weather?"[4]

2000: Craig Heaps KTVU- TV Time & Space Space Weather

1999: Dan Falk CBC Radio From Empedocles to Einstein

1998: Sandy Rathbun and Dave Greenleaf KVOA-TV Asteroid: The Real Story


  1. ^ "Science Writing Award". American Institute of Physics. Archived from the original on January 2, 2013. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Best Sci-Tech Books 2004: The Masters of Science Writing: 3/1/2005: Library Journal Archived 2007-07-12 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Diane Tennant, Virginian Pilot, "A Cosmic Tale", February 13, 2007. Retrieved May 28, 2011 Archived July 13, 2012, at
  4. ^ a b c d Physics Today December 2001
  5. ^ Science Writer Awarded AIP Cultural Prize Archived 2007-09-29 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ AGU Honors

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