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Royal Society Science Book Prize, sponsored by Insight Investment

Winner 2022

A (Very) Short History of Life on Earth: 4.6 Billion Years in 12 Chapters (Pan Macmillan) by Nature editor and writer Henry Gee is the 35th winner of the annual Royal Society Science Book Prize, sponsored by Insight Investment.

The judging panel for this year's prize is chaired by neuroscientist, Professor Maria Fitzgerald FRS. She is joined on the panel by representatives from across the worlds of science and culture: television presenter and author Kate Humble; novelist Mike Gayle; writer, broadcaster and technology consultant Rory Cellan-Jones; and experimental physicist and Royal Society University Research Fellow, Josh McFayden

The 2022 winner was announced in an online event on Tuesday 29 November.

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The Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize

Shortlist 2022

About the prize

Since 1988, the Royal Society has celebrated outstanding popular science writing and authors. Over the decades, the Prize has celebrated some notable winners including Bill Bryson and Stephen Hawking, and most recently Merlin Sheldrake and Dr Camilla Pang in 2021 and 2020 respectively. 

Each year our panel of expert judges, comprising eminent scientists, authors, journalists and broadcasters, choose the book that they believe makes popular science writing compelling and accessible to the public.

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9 February 2023
Call for entries opens
24 March 2023
Call for entries closes
July 2023
Judging panel announced
September 2023
Shortlist announced
November 2023
Winner announced

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