The Sidney Prize and the Neilma Sidney Edelstein Prize

People may know of the Sidney Prize from its wide-spread recognition of those working hard towards realizing their dreams, making a lasting impactful contribution in society. Winning one has become a mark of prestige across the world and winning can open many opportunities; therefore it is crucial that before applying you understand all requirements and eligibility criteria of these awards.

The Sydney Prize was established to remember Dartmouth College professor Sidney Cox, known for his literary talents and ability to motivate students toward reaching their goals. Since its establishment, this scholarship has come to acknowledge a variety of fields such as arts and sciences; being presented to those demonstrating both academic excellence as well as dedication towards community service.

Sidney was well-known for his passion for engineering. He believed that women were under-represented in this field and wanted to ensure they had equal access to pursue a career as engineers; therefore he created this scholarship in his name which is available to female engineering students at UHI.

Sidney was also a passionate proponent of humanities and social sciences, working to integrate them with natural sciences. He believed nonscience majors should graduate with an in-depth appreciation for sciences; so he adjusted course distribution requirements accordingly. Furthermore, he was an outspoken supporter of academic freedom.

Each year, the Sydney Peace Foundation recognizes an individual or organization who promotes peace with justice and human rights – previous winners include Patrick Dodson, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Arundhati Roy, Mary Robinson and Noam Chomsky – while Black Lives Matter movement was awarded this prize in 2024.

Sidney Prize also recognizes scientists and writers, but also honours individuals addressing social issues through writing. Last year’s winner, Amanda Hess for her piece on online sexism was recognized with this prize. Additionally, Overland magazine and Neilma Sidney Foundation sponsored awards include Neilma Sidney Prize winners as well.

The Sidney Edelstein Prize was established by SHOT through the generosity of late Dr. Sidney Edelstein, an eminent expert on dye history and founder of an innovative specialty chemical manufacturing firm. Each year it is awarded to an outstanding scholarly book in technology history published within the previous calendar year; winners are chosen by an Edelstein Memorial Committee consisting of distinguished historians in tech history; an author is invited to present their book at an annual meeting of the Society in order to receive their award and plaque.

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