Hans R. Jenemann Foundation

Current call for proposals for the Paul Bunge Prize 2025: German, English.

Deadline for nominations and applications: 30 September 2024.

Nomination and application form


Hans R. Jenemann Foundation

Hans R. Jenemann (1920 - 1996), a chemist at Schott Glassworks in Mainz, became known for his contributions to the history of scientific instruments, especially historical analytical balances. Paul Bunge (1839 - 1888) set new standards as a precision mechanic and engineer in scale construction.

Paul Bunge Prize

The Paul Bunge Prize of the Hans R. Jenemann Foundation, established in 1992, is awarded jointly by the GDCh and the German Bunsen Society for physical chemistry (DBG) for work on the history of scientific instruments. The award is presented annually, alternating between DBG general meetings and lecture conferences of the GDCh Division of History of Chemistry. The prize is advertised publicly and internationally. Anyone can make a nomination. Self-nominations are permitted.

To mark the 30th anniversary of the Paul Bunge Prize, the Hans R. Jenemann Foundation has invited all previous awardee in 2023 to reflect together on the topic of “Writing the History of Scientific Instruments: State of the Art and Future Perspectives”.

A brief history of the foundation and the prize as well as the program of the anniversary conference can be downloaded here:
Charlotte Bigg & Christoph Meinel (eds.), Paul Bunge Prize: History of Scientific Instruments, 1993-2023 (Frankfurt/Main: GDCh, 2023), 96 pp.

Awarded the Paul Bunge Prize

1993 Klaus Hentschel, Göttingen
Mara Miniati, Florence/Italy
1994 Matthias Dörries, Munich
Heinz Otto Sibum, Cambridge/England
1995 Gerard L`Estrange Turner, Oxford/England
1996 David A. King, Frankfurt/Main
Stuart M. Feffer, Aberdeen/USA
1997 Silvio A. Bedini, Washington DC/USA
1998 Robert Bud, London/England
Deborah Jean Warner, Washington DC/USA
1999 Nicolas Rasmussen, Sydney/Australia
2000 Alan Q. Morton, London/England
Richard J. Sorrenson, Bloomington/USA
2001 Jim Bennett, Oxford/England
2002 Paolo Brenni, Mendrisio/Switzerland and Florence/Italy
2003 Jean F. Johnston, Dumfries/Great Britain
2004 Jobst Broelmann, Munich
Carsten Reinhardt, Regensburg
2005 Myles W. Jackson, Salem, OR/USA
2006 Inge Keil, Augsburg
Davis Baird, Columbia, SC/USA
2007 Charlotte Bigg, Berlin
2008 Alison Morrison-Low, Edinburgh/Great Britain
2009 Jutta Schickore, Bloomington, Indiana/USA
2010 Henning Schmidgen, Berlin
2011 Matteo Valleriani, Berlin
2012 David Pantalony, Ottawa/Canada
2013 Marco Beretta, Bologna/Italy
2014 Cyrus Mody, Houston/USA
2015 Brian Gee, Leicester/UK (posthumous, † 2009)
2016 Robert Anderson, Cambridge/UK
2017 Simon Schaffer, Cambridge/UK
2018 Anthony Turner, The King's Mesnil/F
2019 Sara Schechner, Harvard, Cambridge/USA
2020 Simon Werrett, London/UK
2021 Liba Taub, Cambridge/UK

Matthew L. Jones, Columbia University, New York/USA


Robert W. Smith, University of Alberta, Edmonton/Canada

2024 Rebekah Higgitt, National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh/UK
Peter Heering, University of Flensburg

Foundation Advisory Board

Dr. Charlotte Bigg, Center National de la Recherche Scientifique Paris (Chair)
Prof. Dr. Helmuth Trischler, German Museum Munich
Prof. Dr. Peter R. Schreiner, Justus Liebig University Gießen (board member of the GDCh)
Prof. Ralf Ludwig, University of Rostock (Chair of the DBG)


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