Academy of Accounting Historians


Hourglass Award


The Hourglass Award of the Academy of Accounting Historians is presented annually to an individual who has made a demonstrable and significant contribution to knowledge through research and publication in accounting history. The judging panel will echo the tradition of openness and flexibility associated with the Award and will emphasize the importance of contribution as the fundamental criterion. To that end there is no restriction as to who may make a nomination, the country in which the nominee is resident, or the paradigms and methodologies employed in the nominee’s work. Nominators are asked to supply a 200 word (maximum) statement summarizing the reasons why the nominee should be considered, full contact details of the nominator and nominee and a list of relevant contributions and any other relevant documentation supplied by the nominee who has agreed to be nominated.


Deadline for Nominations: June 1, 2016


Send nominations to: Academy Executive Committee at


Congratulations to the 2015 Recipient!
   Alan Sangster (Griffith University)

Alan Sangster is Professor of Accounting Education at Griffith University, Australia and a visiting professor at the University of Minho, Portugal. He is a qualified chartered accountant and holds a bachelor degree in business studies, a master degree in operational research, and a doctorate in accounting education. He is also a qualified teacher of English to speakers of other languages and is fluent in Portuguese. After obtaining his bachelor degree he spent some years in the accounting profession and then working in industry. He has been a professor since 1983, has held a chair since 1996 and has worked in seven different U.K. universities, The University of São Paulo, Brazil, and Griffith University, Australia.

For 10 years, Alan was editor of the International Journal of Applied Expert Systems and is currently editor of Accounting Education: an international journal. He has also served on the editorial board of more than 10 academic journals. He has published over 60 academic papers in refereed journals and has presented his work at over 80 conferences, including 8 plenary addresses. He is also the author of a number of books, including the best selling financial accounting textbook outside North America, Frank Wood's Business Accounting (Pearson, 2015) and Libr. XV: Cotrugli and de Raphaeli on Business and Bookkeeping in the Renaissance (Lomax Press, 2014).

Sangster is a past chair of the British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA) Special Interest Group in Accounting Education and of the American Accounting Association Artificial Intelligence/Expert Systems Section. His work has been recognised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, the AI/ES Section of the AAA, the BAFA AE SIG, and the Spanish Association of Accounting and Business Administration. In 2013, he was presented with the Lifetime Achievement award of the British Accounting and Finance Association and, in 2015, he was honoured to receive the Hourglass Award from the Academy of Accounting Historian. His current research focus is mainly on accounting and business history.

Past recipients of the Award:

1973     Stephen A. Zeff, Rice University

1974     Michael Chatfield, Southern Oregon State College

1975     Hanns-Martin Schoenfeld, University of Illinois

1976     Osamu Kojima, Kwansei Gakuin University

1976     Basil S. Yamey, London School of Economics

1977     Antonie van Seventer, San Francisco State University

1978     David A. R. Forrester, Strathclyde University

1979     Murray Wells, University of Sydney

1980     Barbara D. Merino, University of North Texas

1980     Gary J. Previts, Case Western Reserve University

1981     H. Thomas Johnson, Portland State University

1982     Williard E. Stone, University of Florida

1983     Richard P. Brief, New York University

1984     Esteban Hernandez Esteve, Bank of Spain

1985     Edgar Jones                                   

1986     Leonard P. Spacek, The Ohio State University

1987     M. Ernest Stevelinck                    

1988     Peter L. McMickle, University of Memphis

1988     Richard G. Vangermeersch, University of Rhode Island

1989     Greg Whittred, University of Auckland

1990     Anne Loft, Copenhagen Business School

1991     Philip D. Bougen, University of New Mexico

1992     Basil Yamey, London School of Economics

1993     James Don Edwards, University of Georgia

1994     John Richard Edwards, Cardiff Business School

1995     Esteban Hernandez Esteve, Bank of Spain

1996     Michael Chatfield, Southern Oregon State College

1996     Richard C. Vangermeersch, University of Rhode Island

1997     Edward N. Coffman, Virginia Commonwealth University

1998     Robert H. Parker, University of Exeter, UK

1999     Richard K. Fleischman, John Carroll University

2000     Yannick Lemarchand, Universite de Nantes

2001     Stephen A. Zeff, Rice University

2002     Dale A. Buckmaster, University of Delaware

2003     Richard V. Mattessich, University of British Columbia

2004     Lee D. Parker, University of Adelaide

2005     Stephen P. Walker, University of Edinburgh

2006     Warwick N. Funnell, University of Wollongong

2007     Salvador Carmona, University Carlos III de Madrid

2008     Geofrey H. Burrows, University of Melbourne

2009     Mahmoud A. Ezzamel, Cardiff University

2010     Thomas N. Tyson, St. John Fisher College

2011     Oktay Guvemli, Marmara University

2012     Alan J. Richardson, University of Windsor

2013     David A. McCollum-Oldroyd, Durham University

2014     Dale L. Flesher, University of Mississippi




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