History of Science Society Distinguished Lecture

The History of Science Society’s series of Distinguished Lectures began in 1981 at the annual meeting in Los Angeles, California. In planning for that meeting, and in response to the proliferation of parallel sessions, program co-chairs David C. Lindberg and Ronald L. Numbers decided to create a plenary forum featuring a historian of science at the height of his or her career. Over the past 20 years this “Society Lecture” has evolved into a highlight of the annual meeting, drawing by far the largest attendance of any session. Through the generosity of Joseph H. Hazen, the renamed HSS Distinguished Lecture has been endowed, allowing the Society to cover the lecturer’s expenses and honorarium.

The History of Science Society Distinguished Lecturers are:

1981 Charles C. Gillispie, “Image and Reality: The Montgolfiers and the Invention of Aviation”
1982 Charles E. Rosenberg, “Science in American Society: a Generation of Historical Debate”
1983 Richard S. Westfall
1984 I. Bernard Cohen, “Idea, Object, and Image in the Development of Scientific Thought”
1985 Frederic L. Holmes, “Scientific Writing and Scientific Discovery”
1986 John L. Heilbron, “Applied History of Science”
1987 David C. Lindberg, “What Shall We Do with the Middle Ages?”
1988 Sally Gregory Kohlstedt, “Parlors and Primers: Education in Science in the Nineteenth Century”
1989 Jacques Roger, “Man in Eighteenth-Century Natural History”
1990 Owen Hannaway, “The Middle Ground: Finding a Place between Science and History”
1991 Loren Graham, “The Case of Gorbachev and the Ghost of the Executed Engineer”
1992 Daniel J. Kevles, “The Enemies Without and Within: Cancer and the History of the Laboratory Sciences”
1993 Betty Jo Teeter Dobbs, “Newton as Final Cause and First Mover”
1994 David Hollinger, “Science as a Weapon in Kulturkämpfen in the United States During and After World War II”
1995 A. I. Sabra, “Situating Arabic Science: Locality versus Essence”
1976 Allen G. Debus, “The Chemists, the Physicians, and the Scientific Revolution”
1997 Thomas L. Hankins, “Blood, Dirt, and Nomograms: A Particular History of Graphs”
1998 Martin Rudwick, “The First Historical Science of Nature”
1999 Charles C. Gillispie, “The Past as Prologue”
2000 Mary Jo Nye, “The Cultural and Political Sources of Science as Social Practice”
2001 John Hedley Brooke, “Science, Religion, and the Unification of Nature”
2002 Lorraine Daston, “Reading Books, Nature, and the Book of Nature in Early Modern Europe”
2003 Joan Cadden, “Find What Wind Serves to Advance an Honest Mind: Phenomena and Fashions in the History of Medieval Science”
2004 Peter Dear, “What is the History of Science the History of? Identifying the Subject-Matter of a Discipline”
2005 Janet Browne, “Making Darwin: Biography and Character”
2006 Richard W. Burkhardt, Jr., “The Leopard in the Garden: Life in Close Quarters at the Museum d’Histoire Naturelle”
2007 Theodore M. Porter, “How Science Became Technical”
2008 Steven Shapin, “Lowering the Tone in the History of Science: A Noble Calling”
2009 M. Norton Wise , “On Science as Historical Narrative “
2010 Nancy Siraisi, “What Was Medicine 1450-1620 and What Did It Have to Do with Science?”
2011 Silvan Schweber, “Biography as Contextual History: Hans Bethe”
2012 Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, “Cultures of Experimentation”
2013 James Secord, “Life on the Moon, Newspapers on Earth”
2014 Keith Wailoo, “Science and the Political History of Pain”
2015 Paula Findlen, “Galileo’s Laughter: Knowledge and Play in the Renaissance”
2016 Evelynn Hammonds, “‘The Negro Scientist’: W.E.B. DuBois and the Diversity Problem in Science and the History of Science”