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University of Leeds academic wins Suzanne J. Levinson Prize

17th December 2010

An academic from the UK has scooped a prestigious book award overseen by the History of Science Society.

Gregory Radick, professor of history and philosophy of science in the department of philosophy at the University of Leeds, was awarded the Suzanne J. Levinson Prize for best book in the life sciences and natural history for his The Simian Tongue: The Long Debate about Animal Language.

The work covers the controversy that has surrounded the subject of ape language and looks at topics such as anthropology, psychology and the historical debate about the root of language in humans.

Manfred Laubichler, the chair of the Suzanne J. Levinson Prize, commented: 'We are certain that this creative work will move the disciplines of the history of biology and natural history forward and bring them closer to the current practice of science.'

Other winners in the History of Science Society's 2010 awards included Maria Rosa Antognazza of King's College, London, who took home the Pfizer Award for best scholarly book with Leibniz: An Intellectual Biography.

In addition, MIT's Marcia Bartusiak won the Watson Davis and Helen Miles Davis Prize for best general audience book for The Day We Found the Universe.
 

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