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
Jan Golinski
Key people
John Paul Gutierrez (Executive Director)

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[1] by George Sarton,[2] David Eugene Smith,[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.[2] It continues to publish the quarterly journal Isis, the yearly Osiris, sponsors the IsisCB: History of Science Index,[6] and holds an annual conference.

As of January 2020, the current president of the HSS is Jan Golinski.[7][8]

Awards and recognition

HSS sponsors two special lectures annually:

In addition, the HSS awards a number of prizes:

See also


  1. ^ "History of Science Society". American Council of Learned Societies. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b "History of the Society". History of Science Society. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  3. ^ Brasch, Frederick E.; Hudgens, Lavada (1936). "The History of Science Society and the David Eugene Smith Festschrift". Science. 83 (2158): 424–426. ISSN 0036-8075.
  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".
  7. ^ "Officers and Committees". History of Science Society. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  8. ^ Golinski, Jan (2020). "A New Year's greeting for 2020". Newsletter of the History of Science Society. 49 (1): 1–2. Retrieved 28 April 2020.