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"Labelling Ball a science writer sells his writing short, for its value lies above all in a range that dissolves the awkward silences between science and the larger culture of which it is part." Marek Kohn - The Independent

Philip was a judge of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction, 2016. Details here.


Philip is a member of the core group of the Created Out of Mind residency project at the Wellcome Hub. Details here.


Serving the Reich was shortlisted for the Royal Society Winton Science Book Prize, 2014: see here.


Philip was shortlisted for the Comment Awards Science Commentator of the Year, 2014: see here.


The Music Instinct was longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for nonfiction, 2010: see here.


The Music Instinct was shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic awards, 2011: see here.


Philip was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2011.


Philip was awarded an honorary degree (Doctor of Letters) from the University of Bristol in 2009.


The 2008 (inaugural) Lagrange Prize of the ISI and CRT Foundations (Italy) "for work aimed at dissemination and popularization of the concepts and notions of complexity science."


Dingle Prize, 2007 (British Society for the History of Science) for “the best recent book that communicates the history of science, technology and or medicine to a wide audience of non-specialists”: awarded for Elegant Solutions: Ten Beautiful Experiments in Chemistry (RSC, 2006). See http://www.bshs.org.uk/bshs/prizes/dingle_prize/


Critical Mass was awarded the Aventis Prize for Science Books, 2005

Philip Ball with Bill Bryson at the Aventis Award ceremony

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Click to see the awards ceremony at the Royal Society

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American Chemical Society James T. Grady-James H. Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public, 2006


Philip was given the debatable honour of being designated 'Guru of the Week' by the Financial Times on 14 February 2004.


The Society for the History of Technology awarded Bright Earth the Sally Hacker Prize for best writing on the history of technology, 2003.


Philip was awarded an honorary Degree (Doctor of Science) from Union College, Schenectady, NY, awarded in February 2003.


Bright Earth was shortlisted for the US National Book Critics Circle award in the category 'Criticism', 2002.


Association of British Science Writers award 2001, for the best communication of science in a non-science context. Awarded for More Than Meets the Eye, booklet to accompany the exhibition of the same name at the V&A Museum, London, September-November 2001.


Premio Acqua Scrittura 2000: awarded in Salsomaggiore, Italy, for the best international writing on water. Awarded for H2O: A Biography of Water.


Association of American Publishers Award for the best new book in chemistry 1994, awarded for Designing the Molecular World.


Philip is on the editorial boards of Interdisciplinary Science Reviews and ComPlexUs. He is a member of the European Commision Expert Group on Synthetic Biology, the Advisory Council for the Institute of Advanced Study of Durham University, and the European editorial board of Princeton University Press.

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