Paul Bunge Award for Matthew L. Jones

(Frankfurt am Main) – prof. dr. Matthew L. Jones, Columbia University, New York, USA, receives the Paul Bunge Prize 2022. The award ceremony will be held on July 1 as part of a lecture conference by the GDCh Group of Chemistry History Professionals at the Baden State Library in Karlsruhe. The Hans-R.-Jenemann Foundation Prize is € 7,500 and is awarded jointly by the Association of German Chemists (GDCh) and the German Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry (DBG). It honors outstanding works on the history of scientific instruments.
Matthew L. Jones receives the Paul Bunge Award for his groundbreaking and pioneering work at the intersection of calculator history, philosophy, and artificial intelligence. His work “Reckoning with Matter” deserves special attention, in which the award-winner describes the development of machines counting from the beginning of the 17th to the beginning of the 19th century. In addition to specific stories about the work, technology, and wages that were necessary to produce these scientific instruments, the book also covers industrial espionage and intellectual property, and does not overlook the philosophical reflections on the meaning of these machines. Jones explains, among other things, the correspondence between artisans (art) and philosophers, deals with technical, financial, social and legal issues, and impressively shows how in thinking machines a harmony between matter and the world of thought has been achieved.
Matthew L. Jones studied history and philosophy of science at Harvard College and Cambridge University, and earned his doctorate in history of science in 2000 from Harvard University in Cambridge, USA. He then moved to Columbia University in New York, USA, where he is now professor of history and James R. Barker, professor of modern civilization. Jones has received numerous grants and awards for his research, and has many notable publications. In addition to scientific work, he is also involved in various (university) committees, he worked, inter alia, as an advisory editor, lecturer and reviewer.
Prize them. Paula Bunge is the world’s most important accolade in the history of scientific instruments and is advertised publicly and internationally. In addition to German scientists, it also found its way to British, Italian, American, Australian and Canadian scientists. The decision on granting the award is made by the Program Board of the Hans R. Jenemann Foundation, supported by GDCh and DBG. Hans R. Jenemann (1920-1996), a chemist at Schott Glaswerke in Mainz, became famous for his contributions to the history of scientific apparatus, especially historical scales. He himself founded the foundation in 1992. The award is named after the Hamburg precision mechanic Paul Bunge (1839-1888), one of the leading designers of laboratory balances for chemical analysis.
As part of the conference, which offers a varied program on the history of chemistry and related fields in science and industry, the GDCh Department of the History of Chemistry also awards the Bettina Grand Prize in Chemistry. The award recognizes outstanding works in the history of chemistry by young scientists from German-speaking countries. This year, Christopher Halm from the University of Regensburg receives an award for the dissertation “Early history of agricultural chemistry (1731-1813) – chemical appropriation of soil and the emergence of field laboratories”.

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