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POC: Carla McCarthy, Commander, U.S. Navy Naval War College Public Affairs Officer email@example.com 401-841-2220 April 13, 2011 British Historian Selected as First Hattendorf Prize Recipient NEWPORT, R.I. - Professor N.A.M. Rodger, a leading British naval historian and senior research fellow at Oxford University, has been named as the inaugural recipient of the U.S. Naval War College's (NWC) "Hattendorf Prize," an international award that aims to recognize original research contributions in the field of maritime history. In a March 21st letter of congratulations, the NWC president invited Rodger, who was selected to receive the award for his series of original achievements in maritime scholarship, to visit the college later this year to be recognized. Rodger is a fellow of both All Soul's College at Oxford and the British Academy, the U.K.'s London-based national organization for distinguished scholars in the humanities and social sciences. Rodger has researched extensively the naval history of Britain, with his works spanning nearly 1,400 years of history. "This prize honors original research in maritime history, one of the basic functions for which the Naval War College was established in 1884," said NWC's Ernest J. King Professor of Maritime History, Dr. John Hattendorf. The award was established as recognition of Hattendorf's legacy of scholarship and service at the Naval War College. Hattendorf is a graduate of Kenyon College '64, Brown University '71, and Oxford University '79, and has been a Newport resident for more than 45 years. He has been active with many local Newport historical and cultural activities, including Trinity Church, the John Cater Brown Library, the Newport Historical Society, the Redwood Library, Newport Art Museum, and Fort Adams. He is involved with the Munson Institute of Maritime History at Mystic Seaport, as well as being the Naval War College's E. J. King Professor since 1984 and director of the Naval War College Museum since 2003. "In selecting Nicholas Rodger as its first Prize Laureate, the Naval War College honors him as an exemplary scholar, whose work ranges across more than a thousand years of Britain's naval history and is deeply founded in both original archival research and knowledge of the best scholarship in numerous languages," said Hattendorf, who was among the panelists who chose Rodger. Among Rodger's critically acclaimed works is a comprehensive history of Britain's naval history dating back to 660 A.D. The award is made possible with the support of the Naval War College Foundation through the generosity of Pamela Ribbey, in honor of her late grandfather, Capt. Charles H. Maddox (1886-1964), a pre-World War II Naval War College graduate and faculty member. The purpose of the award is to honor and to express appreciation for distinguished academic research, insight and writing that contribute to a deeper historical understanding of the broad context and interrelationships involved in the roles, contributions, limitations, and uses of the sea services in the field of maritime history. Nominees are chosen among distinguished academics for the quality and depth of their scholarship. Given generally at two-year intervals, the prize includes a bronze medal, a citation, a monetary gift of $10,000, and a lecture at the Naval War College that will be published in the Naval War College Review. By Tyler Will, Naval War College Public Affairs