ZKZ Award

Winners of the Zhu Kezhen Awards 

2023 (16th ICHSEA, Frankfurt, Germany)


Elke Papelitzky (University of Oslo), “Sand, Water, and Stars: Chinese Mapping of the Gobi and Taklamakan Deserts,” T’oung Pao 107, no. 3 (2021): 376–416.

Jaehwan Hyun (Pusan National University), “Blood Purity and Scientific Independence: Blood Science and Postcolonial Struggles in Korea, 1926–1975,” Science in Context 32, no. 3 (2019), 239–260.

Honerable Mentions:

Natalie Köhle (The University of Sydney), “The Many Colours of Excrement: Galen and the History of Chinese Phlegm,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 97.2 (2023), 197–226.

Sau-yi Fong (Columbia University), ”War and Technology: Ding Gongchen and His Cannon Practice Manuals,” Late Imperial China 43.2 (2022), 89–137.

2019 (15th ICHSEA, Jeonju, South Korea)


Mary Augusta Brazelton (University of Cambridge), “Engineering Health: Technologies of Immunization in China’s Wartime Hinterland, 1937–45,” Technology and Culture 60, no. 2 (2019): 409–437.

Junior Awards:

Victoria Lee (Ohio University), “Microbial Transformations: The Japanese Domestication of Penicillin Production, 1946–1951,” Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences 48 (2018): 441–474.

Wayne Soon (Vassar College), “Blood, Soy Milk, and Vitality: The Wartime Origins of Blood Banking in China, 1943–45,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 90, no. 3 (2016): 424–454.

2015 (14th ICHSEA, Paris, France)

Junior Awards:

Lee Jung (Academia Sinica), “Invention without Science: Korean Edisons and the Changing Understanding of Technology in Colonial Korea,”Technology and culture, 2013, 54(4): 782–814.

Chu Longfei (University of Science and Technology), “The Dissemination of Tycho’s Theory of the Moon in China,” China Journal for the History of Science and Technology, 2013, 34: 330–346.

Michael Stanley-Baker (Max Planck Institute), “Palpable Access to the Divine: Daoist Medieval Massage, Visualisation and Internal Sensation,”Asian Medicine, 2012, 7: 101–127.

2011 (13th ICHSEA, Hefei, China)


Li Cho-ying (National Tsing Hua University). “Contending Strategies, Collaboration among Local Specialists and Officials, and Hydrological Reform in the Late-Fifteenth-Century Lower Yangzi Delta,” East Asian Science, Technology and Society 4(2010): 229–253.

Junior Awards:

Sun Chengsheng (Chinese Academy of Science). “The Diffusion and Impact of Western Optical Knowledge in Late Ming and Early Qing: A Study of Sun Yunqiu’s Jingshi” (in Chinese), Ziran kexueshi yanjiu (Studies in the History of Natural Sciences) 26–3 (2007): 363–376.

2008 (12th ICHSEA, Baltimore, USA)


Chang Che-chia, (Academia Sinica). “The Myth of Rhubarb: The Strategic Rationale and Cultural Implications of China’s Prohibitions on the Export of Rhubarb to Britain and Russia in the Qing Period,” Bulletin of the Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica, 47 (March 2005): 43–100.

Junior Awards:

Carla Nappi (Montana State University). “On Yeti and Being Just: Carving the Borders of Humanity in Early Modern China,” in Anne Vallely and Aaron Gross, eds. Animal Others and the Human Imagination, New York: Columbia University Press, 2012.

Wu Yu-chuan (University College London). “Disappearing Anger: The Psychological Experiment on Anger among Formosan Aborigines Conducted by Fujisawa Shigeru in Late Colonial Taiwan,”Xin shixue 18–2 (2007): 103–155.

2005 (11th ICHSEA, Munich, Germany)


Jen-der LEE (Academic Sinica). “Laughing Disorders’ and Medical Discourse of Joy in Early Imperial China” (in Chinese), The Bulletin of the Institute of History and Philology, 75.1 (2004): 99–148.

Junior Awards:

Sean Hsiang-lin Lei (National Tsing Hua University). “How Did Chinese Medicine Become Experiential? The Political Epistemology of Jingyan,” Positions: East Asian Cultures Critique, 10: 2 (2002): 333–364.

Jongtae Lim (Seoul National University). “Introduction of Western Science and Rationalization of Traditional Astrology: Reevaluating Yi Ik’s On the Field-allocation” (in Korean), Han’guk Sasangsahak 韓國思想史學 (The Study of Korean History of Thoughts), 21 (2003): 391–416.