About the award

Initially, the William and Joyce Middleton Electrical Engineering History Award will be for a book published in English. Books that have been translated from another language will be eligible for three years after publication date of the translation. Books will be considered that have been published in the previous three years (e.g., books eligible for the 2014 award will have been published in 2011–2013). Publishers are invited to send four copies of books they wish to have considered for the award to:

Middleton Book Prize
IEEE History Center
445 Hoes Lane
Piscataway, NJ 08854

+1 732 562-5450

Books may be mailed at any time during the year. Books received by 1 December will be considered for the following calendar year’s award. The IEEE History Committee expects to make its decision each year by 1 September.

  • Only published books will be considered (no bound galleys or manuscripts).
  • For ebooks, please provide a digital PDF of the book, including publication date information.
  • The publisher shall make each author aware of and consent to the entry of his/her book for the award.
  • Books that did not win in a given year will be considered in the coming year up until the three-year period from publication date is exhausted.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • If a suitable candidate is not identified in any year, the award will not be given. 
  • The award consists of a certificate and an honorarium of US$2,000. 
  • An effort will be made for a high-ranking person from IEEE and/or the IEEE History Committee/Center to present the certificate in person at an appropriate public venue. No travel costs shall accrue against the award funds.

Sponsored by: The estates of William W. & Joyce F. Middleton

Previous winners

  • 2015, W. Bernard Carlson, Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age
  • 2016, Walter Isaacson, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
  • 2017, Megan Prelinger, Inside the Machine: Art and Invention in the Electronic Age
  • 2018, Marc Raboy, Marconi: The Man who Networked the World
  • 2019, Jimmy Soni & Rob Goodman, A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented  the Information Age
  • 2020, Lillian Hoddeson and Peter K. Garrett,The Man Who Saw Tomorrow: The Life and Inventions of Stanford R. Ovshinsky

Recent winners