Computer History Museum Prize 2015 - Call for Submissions

Dear all,

The 2015 call for submissions for our Computer History Museum book prize is online at and pasted below.

Please spread the word. Also remember that there is a three year window. This window this year is for books with first publication in English in 2012, 2013, or 2014.

We are particularly glad that Joy Rankin has agreed to join the jury this year. Please address any questions to this year’s chair, Joseph November.


David Nofre


Computer History Museum Prize

The Computer History Museum Prize is awarded to the author of an outstanding book in the history of computing broadly conceived, published during the prior three years. The prize of $1,000 is awarded by SIGCIS, the Special Interest Group for Computers, Information and Society. SIGCIS is part of the Society for the History of Technology.

In 2012 the prize was endowed in perpetuity through a generous bequest from the estate of Paul Baran, a legendary computer innovator and entrepreneur best known for his work to develop and promote the packet switching approach on which modern networks are built. Baran was a longtime supporter of work on the history of information technology and named the prize to celebrate the contributions of the Computer History Museum to that field.

2015 Call for Submissions

Books published in 2012-2014 are eligible for the 2015 award. Books in translation are eligible for three years following the date of their publication in English. Publishers, authors, and other interested members of the computer history community are invited to nominate books. Send one copy of the nominated title to each of the committee members listed below. To be considered, book submissions must be postmarked by May 15, 2015. For more information, please contact Prof. Joseph November, the 2015 prize committee chair, at Current information about the prize, including the most recent call and a list of previous winners, may always be found at

2015 Prize Committee Members

    David Nofre
    Kleyn Proffijtlaan 47
    Oegstgeest 2343DB
    The Netherlands
    Joseph A. November (2015 Chair)
    Associate Professor and McCausland Fellow
    Department of History
    University of South Carolina
    817 Henderson Street
    Gambrell Hall, Room 245
    Columbia, SC 29208
    Joy Rankin
    27 Wheeler St. #323
    Cambridge, MA 02138

Previous Winners

    2009: Christophe Lécuyer, Making Silicon Valley: Innovation and the Growth of High Tech, 1930-1970 (MIT Press, 2006)
    2010: Atsushi Akera, Calculating a Natural World: Scientists, Engineers, and Computers During the Rise of U.S. Cold War Research (MIT Press, 2007)
    2011: Paul N. Edwards, A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global Warming (MIT Press, 2010)
    2012: Eden Medina, Cybernetic Revolutionaries:Technology and Politics in Allende's Chile (MIT Press, 2011)
    2013: Joseph A. November, Biomedical Computing: Digitizing Life in the United States (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012)
    2014: Janet Abbate, Recoding Gender: Women’s Changing Participation in Computing (MIT Press, 2012)