International book prize for Dr Gregory Radick
The History of Science Society announced on Friday (5/11/10) that it is awarding the Suzanne J. Levinson Prize to Dr. Gregory Radick.
His book The Simian Tongue: The Long Debate about Animal Language, published by the University of Chicago Press, won the prize for the best book in the life sciences and natural history to Dr. Gregory Radick for The Simian Tongue: The Long Debate about Animal Language, published by the University of Chicago Press.
In his citation, Levinson Prize Chair, Manfred Laubichler notes that "Radick's book is a longue durée account of one of the most puzzling problems at the intersection of anthropology and the study of animal behavior. Where does our human language come from and do non-human primates possess language or are we separated by a language barrier? 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."
The Simian Tongue is an interdisciplinary synthesis that weaves together experimental designs and theoretical arguments as well as biographical and institutional perspectives. Radick's work touches many biological and anthropological disciplines and research fields, thus opening new territory for future historians to explore.
Radick is Professor in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Leeds and is the co-author or editor of several books, including Space: In Science, Art and Society and The Cambridge Companion to Darwin.Posted in: Research and innovation