IHPST Alumna Jai Virdi Wins Prestigious 2021 BSHS Hughes Book Prize

October 7, 2021 by Edward Jones-Imhotep

IHPST Alumna Jai Virdi has won the prestigious 2022 Hughes Prize from the British Society for the History of Technology for her book, Hearing Happiness: Deafness Cures in History.

The 2021 Hughes Prize is awarded for an accessible book in the history of science. In awarding the prize, the BSHS provided the following citation:

"The Jury of the BSHS Hughes Prize said: “Jaipreet Virdi’s marvellous book Hearing Happiness won over the judges by its unique mixture of personal insight and perceptive historical analysis of a fascinating and understudied topic – the development of technology to cure deafness in the USA and the UK. Virdi – a deaf person, in the words of her book jacket – writes powerfully and clearly for the general public about the complex issues around deafness and the technologies that have been developed in response to it. This book can be an inspiration to young historians, who may realise that they, too, have a unique insight into a particular aspect of science or medicine.”

You can read the full story here. Congratulations Jai!!!