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 12:00 to 1:30 on third Tuesdays. 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

There are no currently scheduled upcoming events.

Past Meetings

  • October 29, 2014

    Nasser Zakariya of CHF introduced a draft book chapter, "Tales of Hawks and Hounds: Scientific Narratives of the SSC and NASA Origins"

  • October 1, 2014

    Jessica Wang of UBC introduced her article "Physics, Emotion, and the Scientific Self: Merle Tuve's Cold War", HSNS v.42 n.5.

  • May 7, 2014

    Joe Martin of Colby College introduced his paper, "The Simple and Courageous Course: Industrial Patronage of Basic Research at the University of Chicago, 1945-1961."

  • April 2, 2014

    Bill Rankin of Yale introduced his draft chapter on the politics of military coordinate systems and alternatives to latitude and longitude, "Aiming Guns, Recording Land, and Stitching Map to Territory: The Invention of Cartographic Grid Systems, 1914­-1939."

  • March 5, 2014

    Teasel Muir-Harmony of MIT and PACHS introduced her paper "Selling Space Capsules, Moon Rocks, and America: The Use of Spaceflight in Public Diplomacy, 1961-1979."

  • February 5, 2014

    Alex Csiszar of Harvard University and Chemical Heritage Foundation introduced his "Owning It: authorship and discovery, 1835-1850."

  • December 4, 2013

    Alex Wellerstein of the American Institute of Physics introduced his "'Old H-bomb arguments never die!' Secrecy, invention, and the Teller-Ulam priority dispute."

  • November 6, 2013

    Evan Hepler-Smith of Princeton University introduced his draft "Systematic nomenclature at the 1892 Geneva Congress and the structuring of the molecular world."

  • October 2, 2013

    Matt Stanley of NYU introduced his "By design: James Clerk Maxwell and the evangelical unification of science", The British Journal for the History of Science, 45 (2012) pp 57-73

  • May 11, 2013

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