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The Journal of the History of Biology is devoted to the history of the biological sciences, with additional interest and concern in philosophical and social issues confronting biology. While all historical epochs are touched upon, the journal pays particular attention to developments during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The journal serves both the working biologist who needs a full understanding to the historical and philosophical bases of the field and the historian of biology interested in following developments in the biological sciences.

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    2023 Everett Mendelsohn Prize

    It is our pleasure to announce that the recipient of the 2023 Everett Mendelsohn Prize is R. Ashton Macfarlane (Harvard University). Ashton's article, “Wild Laboratories of Climate Change: Plants, Phenology, and Global Warming, 1955–1980,” published in Journal of the History of Biology, vol. 54, no. 2 (June 2021), 311–340, can be freely accessed through May by clicking on the following link:

    Macfarlane, "Wild Laboratories of Climate Change,"

    2022 Everett Mendelsohn Prize

    It is our pleasure to announce that the recipient of the 2022 Everett Mendelsohn Prize is Ryan Hearty (Johns Hopkins University),  whose essay, "Redefining Boundaries: Ruth Myrtle Patrick's Ecological Program at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 1947–1975," appeared in the Journal of the History of Biology, volume 53, issue 4 (December 2020), pp. 1-44. Ryan's article, which is the first contribution to JHB’s Topical Collection “Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Biology” edited by Donald Opitz, can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

  • Everett Mendelsohn Prize

    The first Everett Mendelsohn Prize was awarded in 2017 to mark the 50th volume of the Journal of the History of Biology. This prize is awarded annually to the author of an article published during the previous three years in the Journal of the History of Biology

  • JHB Topical Collections Announcement

    We are pleased to announce a new initiative for JHB that encourages the submission of articles that specifically address certain “themes.”  Wishing to stimulate new scholarship in areas that we wish to encourage greater attention, we have established a series of “Topical Collections” to which we actively encourage submissions. 

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