The Society for the History of Natural History also awards best original, unpublished, essay in the field of history of natural history. The winner of the 2010 essay is Nils Petter Hellström, who has recently completed his M.Phil. in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. 'The tree as evolutionary icon: Tania Kovats's TREE in the Natural History Museum'. It will be published in Archives of natural history volume 38 in 2011.
Previous winners include:
- 2009 Stephanie Pfennigwerth, School of English, Journalism and European Languages, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia. 'The mighty cassowary': the discovery and demise of the King Island emu. Published in Archives of natural history 37 (1): 74-90. doi 10.3366/E0260954109001661
- 2008 Ross Brooks, Department of History, Oxford Brooks University, Oxford, UK. All too human: responses to same-sex copulation in the common cockchafer (Melolontha melolontha (L.), 1834-1900. Published in Archives of natural history 36 (1): 146-159. doi: 10.3366/E0260954108000703
- 2007 Heather Brink-Roby, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Siren canora: the mermaid and the mythical in late nineteenth-century science. Published in Archives of natural history 35 (1): 1-14. doi: 10.3366/E0260954108000041