List of Famous Historians Of Science People

List of Famous Historians Of Science

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List of famous historian of sciences, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top historian of sciences in the world? This includes the most prominent historian of sciences, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable historian of sciences is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic historian of sciences were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned historian of sciences.

This list has everything from Horace Freeland Judson to Robert Root-Bernstein.

From reputable, prominent, and well known historian of sciences to the lesser known historian of sciences of today, these are some of the best professionals in the historian of science field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous historian of sciences ever?" and "What are the names of famous historian of sciences?" then you're in the right place. (26 items)


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    Laura Otis

    Laura Otis is an American historian of science, and Professor of English, at Emory University. She graduated from Yale University with a B.S. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry in 1983, and from the University of California at San Francisco with an M.A. in Neuroscience in 1988, and from Cornell ...more

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    • Age: age 54
    • Profession: Literary Scholar, Historian, Historian of Science
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    Margaret W. Rossiter

    Margaret W. Rossiter is an American historian of science, and Marie Underhill Noll Professor of the History of Science, at Cornell University. Rossiter coined the term Matilda effect for the systematic repression and denial of the contribution of women scientists in research, whose work is often ...more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Profession: Historian, Historian of Science
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    George Sarton was a Belgian-American chemist and historian who is considered the founder of the discipline of history of science. He has a significant importance in the history of science and his most influential work was the Introduction to the History of Science, which consists of three volumes and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1884-1956)
    • Birthplace: Ghent, Belgium
    • Profession: Historian of Science
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    Elizabeth Janet Browne is a British historian of science, known especially for her work on the history of 19th century biology. She taught at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine, University College, London, before returning to Harvard. She is currently Aramont Professor of the History ...more

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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: United Kingdom
    • Profession: Historian, Professor, Historian of Science
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    Peter Louis Galison is the Joseph Pellegrino University Professor in History of Science and Physics at Harvard University. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in both Physics and the History of Science in 1983. His publications include Image and Logic: A Material Culture of Microphysics and ...more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Physicist, Professor, Historian of Science
    • Credits: Secrecy
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    Horace Freeland Judson was a historian of molecular biology and the author of several books, including The Eighth Day of Creation, a history of molecular biology, and The Great Betrayal: Fraud In Science, an examination of the deliberate manipulation of scientific data.more

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    • Age: Died at 80 (1931-2011)
    • Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Historian, Author, Historian of Science, Science writer
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    John Stachel is an American physicist and philosopher of science. Stachel earned his PhD at Stevens Institute of Technology in Physics about a topic in General relativity in 1958. After holding different teaching positions at Lehigh University and the University of Pittsburgh, he went 1964 to Boston ...more

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    • Age: age 87
    • Profession: Physicist, Historian of Science
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    David Edwin Pingree was a University Professor, and Professor of History of Mathematics and Classics at Brown University, and one of America's leading historians of the Exact Sciences in antiquity.more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1933-2005)
    • Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America
    • Profession: Historian of Science
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    Jürgen Renn is a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.more

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    • Profession: Physicist, Historian of Science
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    Robert Root-Bernstein is a professor of physiology at Michigan State University. In 1981, he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, commonly known as a "genius grant." He has also researched and consulted on creativity for more than fifteen years. Among other books, he has authored Sparks of Genius: The ...more

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    • Age: age 62
    • Profession: Biologist, Historian of Science
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    Frank J. Sulloway is an American psychologist. He is a visiting Scholar in the Institute of Personality and Social Research at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Visiting Professor in the Department of Psychology. He graduated from Harvard College summa cum laude, and with a Ph.D. in the ...more

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    • Age: age 68
    • Birthplace: Concord, New Hampshire, United States of America
    • Profession: Psychologist, Historian of Science
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    Katharine Park

    Katharine Park is a Radcliffe Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University. She specializes in the history of gender, sexuality, and the female body in medieval and Renaissance Europe, as well as categories and practices of experience and observation in the Middle Ages. She finished an ...more

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    • Age: age 65
    • Profession: Historian, Historian of Science
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    Jed Z. Buchwald is Doris and Henry Dreyfuss Professor of History at Caltech. He was previously director of the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology at MIT. He won a MacArthur Fellowship in 1995. Buchwald's publications include several full books and edited history-of-science essay ...more

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    • Profession: Historian of Science
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    Diana Kormos Buchwald

    Diana Kormos Buchwald is Professor of History and General Editor & Director of The Einstein Papers Project at the California Institute of Technology.more

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    • Profession: Historian of Science
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    Lawrence M. Principe

    Lawrence M. Principe is the Drew Professor of the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University.more

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    • Profession: Historian, Historian of Science
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    Lorraine Daston

    Lorraine Daston is an American historian of science. Executive director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, and visiting professor in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago, she is considered an authority on Early Modern European scientific and ...more

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    • Age: age 64
    • Birthplace: East Lansing, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Historian of Science
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    Noel M. Swerdlow is a professor emeritus of history, astronomy and astrophysics at the University of Chicago. He is currently a visiting professor at the California Institute of Technology.more

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    • Age: age 74
    • Profession: Historian of Science
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    Nathaniel C. Comfort is an American historian specialising in the history of biology. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Institute of the History of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, and he previously was employed in the history department at The George Washington University. He is ...more

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    • Profession: Historian, Historian of Science
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    Anne Jacob Kox

    A. J. Kox is a researcher at Institute for Theoretical Physics and holds the Pieter Zeeman Chair of History of Physics at the University of Amsterdam.more

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    • Age: age 67
    • Profession: Mathematician, Historian of Science
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    Francesca Rochberg is a 1993 Guggenheim Fellow in Humanities.more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Historian of Science, Assyriologist
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