Hattendorf Prize

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The Hattendorf Prize
A rectangular bronze medal with an image of the cupola of the U.S. Naval War College's Luce Hall. Reading down along the left hand border are the words "The United States Naval War College" and along the top border, "The Hattendorf Medal".
Awarded for Distinguished Original Research in Maritime History.
Country United States of America
Presented by Naval War College
First awarded 2011
Official website Naval War College website

The Hattendorf Prize for Distinguished Original Research in Maritime History is awarded by the United States Naval War College for distinguished academic achievement in publishing original research that contributes to a deeper historical understanding of the broad context and interrelationships involved in the roles, contributions, limitations, and uses of the sea services in history. The prize is awarded approximately every two years and consists of a $10,000 cash prize, a specially designed bronze medal, and a citation. The Prize Laureate is expected to deliver a lecture at the United States Naval War College on the occasion of the award.[1]

The Hattendorf Prize was established on 7 December 2010 and first awarded in 2011. It was permanently endowed through the generosity of Pamela I. Ribbey's donation to the Naval War College Foundation as one of that Foundation's graduate life patrons. Ms. Ribbey’s relationship to the Naval War College is through her late grandfather, Captain Charles H. Maddox (1886–1964), U.S. Navy, a graduate of the Naval War College’s Senior Class in 1935 and Advanced Class in 1939 as well as serving in the College administration in 1939-1941.The Hattendorf Prize reflects the essence of Professor John B. Hattendorf’s professional values and goals for this field during the years of his service as the Naval War College’s Ernest J. King Professor of Maritime History: to serve the Navy by improving the quality and range of scholarship in maritime history, striving to engage globally with an appreciation for scholarship in different languages and from different national, cultural, and regional perspectives, and to see maritime history as a broad field in global history that builds on insights that cut across traditional academic and national boundaries.[2]

Hattendorf Prize Medal

The Hattendorf Prize Medal was designed by Anna Maria Hattendorf (AB, magna cum laude with high honors, Hobart and William Smith Colleges (2002); MFA, Savannah College of Art and Design). The cast bronze medal is five inches tall and two inches wide. It depicts a stylized image of the cupola of Luce Hall, the first purpose-built building of the Naval War College, built in 1892 and first used during the College presidency of Alfred Thayer Mahan. This building is part of the National Historic Landmark site and this image connects the medal to the long tradition of historical research and scholarship at the Naval War College that goes back to the days of College founder Rear Admiral Stephen B. Luce and his successor, Alfred Thayer Mahan. The stylized image of the cupola suggests the new results that come from original historical research, while the rectangular shape is reminiscent of a book-plate.[3]

Hattendorf Prize Laureates


  1. Naval War College News Release, 12 March 2011: British Historian Selected as First Hattendorf Prize Recipient
  2. Naval War College Information Sheet on the Hattendorf Prize
  3. Information provided by Naval War College Museum staff, 20 October 2011.
  4. H-Net 13 April 2011
  5. Naval War College News Release, 20 October 2011
  6. Naval War College News Release, 29 January 2014

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