History Professor Zuoyue Wang Wins Prize for Excellence in Research Article

History Professor Zuoyue Wang Wins Prize for Excellence in Research Article
Assistant Professor of History Zuoyue Wang

Assistant Professor of History Zuoyue Wang won the prestigious Derek Price/Rod Webster Prize for 2003 from the History of Science Society. Wang shared the award with Peter Neushul of the University of California, Santa Barbara, for their co-authored article, ?Between the Devil and Deep Sea: C. K. Tseng, Mariculture, and the Politics of Science in Modern China,? which was published in the March 2000 issue of the society?s journal Isis: An International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences.

The Derek Price/Rod Webster Prize is given in recognition of excellence in a research article published in Isis, the respected international journal dedicated to the history of science. Eligible articles are those published in issues of Isis three years prior to the year in which the award is given. Wang?s paper studied the experiences of C. K. Tseng, a United States-trained Chinese marine biologist who pioneered mariculture, ?agriculture of the sea,? and who almost single-handedly launched the vast Chinese seaweed industry against a turbulent political background in the 20th century.

The award committee praised the article for ?achieving [a] combination of narrative drama, historical importance, and historiographic sophistication? and for its prose that ?goes beyond clarity to achieve elegance and eloquence.?

Wang is the first CSU faculty member to win this prize in its 24-year history. He is donating his award of $500 to Cal Poly Pomona. Wang, a Claremont resident, joined the university in 1999, and teaches courses in the history of science and technology and American history.