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 2, 2014


Send nominations to: Academy Executive Committee at


Congratulations to the 2013 Recipient!
David A. McCollum-Oldroyd (Durham University)

From his nominators:

“I have seen David in action functioning as chair of department and interacting with faculty members and administrators.  I am impressed by David’s friendly demeanor, his sharp wit, and ready sense of humor, all of which have enabled him to work well with colleagues from different backgrounds and research orientations.  From personal experience, I can attest that Dr. Oldroyd is an excellent colleague who fulfills his commitments, carries his share of the workload, and always meets deadlines.  David has a keen mind and is willing to take on extra tasks such as doing the background research needed to comply with reviewers’ comments and suggestions.  In summary, I believe that David McCollum-Oldroyd is one of the preeminent international scholars currently working in the field of accounting history and is fully deserving to receive the 2013 Hourglass award for his many years of sustained productivity in our discipline.”  ~Dr. Tom Tyson, St. John Fisher College


“I have worked extensively with Professor Oldroyd over the past decade and found him to be a consummate scholar and as hard-working and supportive coauthor as one could hope for.  While at Newcastle, he established an accounting history advisory committee that brought distinguished colleagues from abroad to speak at the university.  I was privileged to be asked to speak on several occasions.  He has also deployed the Fulbright program to bring scholars to Newcastle to work with his colleagues and get them on the road to publication.  Most recently, he has brought the World Congress of Accounting Historians to Newcastle and did a marvelous job running the event.  He has worked very hard to promote the accounting history discipline.”  ~Dr. Richard Fleischman, John Carroll University (Professor Emeritus)


David Oldroyd spent ten years in the accountancy profession before moving into academic life.  He is a chartered accountant and a history graduate of Liverpool University (BA) and Durham University (MPhil).  He obtained his PhD at Newcastle University where he taught for many years.  He now works as an accounting professor at Durham University.  Most of his accounting history research has focused on coal-mining and estate management during the British industrial revolution, and on the slave economies of the British Caribbean and American South.  He wishes to express his gratitude to his collaborators Dick Fleischman and Tom Tyson especially for the work on slavery, and to Warwick Funnell for a new line of research he is developing in relation to accounting and poverty in Victorian Britain. 

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




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