October 14, 2008 — "Technology in World History" (Oxford University Press, 2005), a seven-book series edited by W. Bernard "Bernie" Carlson, a University of Virginia professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, has won the Sally Hacker prize from the international Society for the History of Technology.
The award recognizes the best book in the history of technology directed to a broad audience. Carlson was presented $2,000 and a certificate at the society's annual meeting in Lisbon Oct. 10-14.
The series illustrates how cultures throughout history have used technology — from improved farming techniques to cell phones — to make their way in the world.
Besides Carlson, U.Va. contributors to the volumes include Fred Damon, a professor of anthropology, and Bryan Pfaffenberger, an associate professor in the Engineering School.