History of Science Society

The History of Science Society (HSS) is the primary professional society for the academic study of the history of science. It was founded in 1924[2] by George Sarton[3] and Lawrence Joseph Henderson,[4] primarily to support the publication of Isis, a journal of the history of science Sarton had started in 1912.[5] The society has over 3,000 members worldwide.[3] It continues to publish the quarterly journal Isis, the yearly Osiris, sponsors the IsisCB: History of Science Index,[6] and holds an annual conference.

History of Science Society
2007 History of Science Society meeting.jpg
Historians of science attending the 2007
international meeting in Washington, D.C.
TypeProfessional Society
HeadquartersUniversity of Notre Dame
Janet Browne[1]
Key people
Robert Jay Malone (Executive Director)

As of 2016, the current president of the HSS is Janet Browne.[1]


Awards and recognitionEdit

HSS sponsors two special lectures annually:

  • The George Sarton Memorial Lecture, delivered at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science since 1960 (with a break from 1973 to 1975)
  • The History of Science Society Distinguished Lecture (formerly the History of Science Society Lecture), delivered at a plenary session of the annual meeting of the HSS since 1981

In addition, the HSS awards a number of prizes:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Browne, Janet. "January 2016 – From the President: Janet Browne". History of Science Society. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  2. ^ "History of Science Society". American Council of Learned Societies. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  3. ^ a b "History of the Society". History of Science Society. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  4. ^ Smith, Charles H. "Henderson, Lawrence Joseph (United States 1878-1942)". Some Biogeographers, Evolutionists and Ecologists: Chrono-Biographical Sketches. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  5. ^ Rossiter, Margaret W. (1999). Catching Up with the Vision: Essays on the Occasion of the 75th Anniversary of the Founding of the History of Science Society. Chicago, Ill.: University of Chicago Press for the History of Science Society.
  6. ^ "IsisCB Explore".

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