Working Groups

Physical Sciences

The Working Group on the History of the Physical Sciences meets monthly to discuss a colleague’s work in progress or to discuss readings that are of particular interest to participants. Meetings are usually held at the Consortium offices in Philadelphia from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. on third Thursdays. Scholars located anywhere can also participate online.

  • Joseph Martin

    Joseph Martin is NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine. He has published on the history of twentieth-century physics and the philosophy of science and technology.


  • Kathryn Olesko

    Kathryn Olesko is Associate Professor in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Her main research interest is the history of science and technology since the seventeenth century, with a special interest in measuring practices, science pedagogy, science and engineering in Prussia, and comparative nuclear cultures.


  • Kathryn Olesko


  • Michael Prell


Upcoming Meetings

  • September 21, 2017


  • October 19, 2017


  • November 16, 2017


  • January 18, 2018


  • February 15, 2018


  • March 15, 2018


  • April 19, 2018


Past Meetings

  • April 18, 2017

    Jonnie Penn, University of Cambridge, "Inventing Intelligence: Exploring the Origins of Artificial Intelligence as Social Technology"

  • March 21, 2017

    Dan Liu, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign: "Crystals, Colloids, and Fibers."

  • February 21, 2017

    Sarah Robey, Temple University: "The Fallout from Fallout: The Peacetime Threat, 1954-1960." This paper will be a chapter from Sarah's dissertation on The Atomic American: Citizenship in a Nuclear State, 1945-1963.

  • January 24, 2017

    Deborah Coen, Barnard/Columbia: "Climate and the Power of Difference in Austria-Hungary"

  • December 15, 2016

    Michael Barany (Dartmouth College) introduced his recent article, “Fellow Travelers and Traveling Fellows: The Intercontinental Shaping of Modern Mathematics in Mid-Twentieth Century Latin America,” Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, Vol. 46, Number 5, pps. 669–709. A copy of his article can be accessed here.

  • November 17, 2016

    Sarah Bridger (CalPoly), discussed her paper, "Disgruntled Women Scientists in the 1970s."

  • October 20, 2016

    John Krige of Georgia Tech discussed chapter two from his book Sharing Knowledge, Shaping Europe (MIT 2016).

  • September 15, 2016

    Joanna Behrman of Johns Hopkins University introduced her paper "Domesticating Physics: Introductory Physics Textbooks for Women in Home Economics, 1914-1955"

  • April 20, 2016

    Teasel Elizabeth Muir-Harmony of the American Institute of Physics introduced her paper "From the Moon to Japan: The US Exhibition of a Lunar Rock at the 1970 Osaka World's Fair."

  • March 16, 2016

    Allan Needell of the National Air and Space Museum introduced his "Webb, the New Deal and 'Space Age Management.'"

Group Membership