History of Science Society

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History of Science Society
2007 History of Science Society meeting.jpg
Historians of science attending the 2007
international meeting in Washington, D.C.
Formation 1924
Type Professional Society
Headquarters University of Notre Dame
Angela Creager
Key people
Robert Jay Malone (Executive Director)
Website www.hssonline.org

The History of Science Society (HSS) is the primary professional society for the academic study of the history of science.[1] It was founded in 1924 by George Sarton and Lawrence Joseph Henderson, primarily to support the publication of Isis, a journal of the history of science Sarton had started in 1912. The society has over 3,000 members worldwide. It continues to publish the quarterly journal Isis, the yearly Osiris, sponsors the IsisCB: History of Science Index,[2] and holds an annual conference.[3]

The current president of the HSS is Angela Creager, Princeton University.

Awards and recognition

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 also



  • Rossiter, Margaret W., ed. Catching Up with the Vision: Essays on the Occasion of the 75th Anniversary of the Founding of the History of Science Society. A Supplement to Isis 90 (1999).

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