Professor Robert Fox, Linacre Emeritus Fellow, is the 2015 recipient of the George Sarton Medal, the most prestigious award of the History of Science Society. This annual award recognises a lifetime of scholarly achievement across an international community of historians of science. Professor Fox held the chair in the history of science at Oxford from 1988 – 2006. His main research interests are in the history of the physical sciences and technology in Europe, particularly France, since the eighteenth century.