Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing


The Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing was established in 2012 to recognise excellence in Australian science writing. 

The annual prize of $7000 is awarded to the best short non-fiction piece of science writing aimed at a general audience. Two runners up are awarded $1500 each. 

The prize is named in honour of Australia’s first Nobel Laureates, father and son team William Henry Bragg and William Lawrence Bragg.

The prize is supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund. 

An associated anthology, The Best Australian Science Writing (NewSouth Publishing) collects the best of the year’s science writing.


2015 Winner & Runners Up

Christine Kenneally
Winner for The past may not make you feel any better

Idan Ben-Barak
Runner Up for Why aren't we dead yet?

Trent Dalton
Runner Up for Beating the odds


2015 Inaugural Student Winner & Runners Up


Jessica Kitchen
Winner for A pendulum conundrum

Holly Reid
Runner Up for Lighting up the universe: what a flame test reveals

Priya Soni
Runner Up for X-rays - superpowers brought to life


2014 Winner & Runners Up

Jo Chandler
Winner for TB and me: A medical souvenir

Frank Bowden
Runner Up for Eleven grams of trouble

Peter Meredith
Runner Up for Weathering the storm


2013 Winner & Runners Up

Professor Fred Watson
Winner for Here come the ubernerds: Planets, Pluto and Prague

Professor Chris Turney
Runner Up for Martyrs to Gondwanaland: The cost of scientific exploration 

Gina Perry
Runner Up for Beyond the shock machine


2012 Winner & Runners Up

Jo Chandler
Winner for Storm front

Ashley Hay
Runner Up for The Aussie Mozzie Posse

Peter McAllister
Runner Up for The Evolution of the Inadequate Modern Male




Idan Ben-Barak, Trent Dalton & Bianca Nogrady

Priya Soni, Professor Ian Jacobs & Jessica Kitchen



Jo Chandler and David Gonski AC



Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD, CVO & Professor Fred Watson



L-R: Elizabeth Finkel, Professor Merlin Crossley, Jane McCredie, Professor Ian Chubb AC, Ashley Hay, Peter McAllister and Kathy Bail.

Elizabeth Finkel & Professor Ian Chubb AC