Call for Survey Completion

You’re invited to tell us your thoughts on the HSTM magazine, Viewpoint (even if you don’t read it!) by completing a very quick survey.

Many of you will be familiar with Viewpointthe colour magazine of the British Society for the History of Science, as contributors, readers, or both. Launched in its present form in 2006, it appears as an A4-format publication aimed at a broad readership, featuring articles, opinions, reviews and interviews addressing the history of science, technology and medicine, and drawing on the Society’s Outreach and Education activities. It is sent to subscribing libraries, museums, educational organisations and sent for free to BSHS members, and digital copies are available (after a short delay from the print copy) on the BSHS website.

Viewpoint is more than 10 years old now, and we’d like to find out what you think we’re doing well, and what we could improve. You can help to shape the future of Viewpoint by telling us what you think in just 6 multiple choice questions (plus a box for any other comments) – if you’re not yet a reader, you can still tell us what you think a HSTM magazine should be (and take a look at the digital copies above if you’re interested!).

The July HPS&ST Note Now Available

The July HPS&ST Note is now availble on the web at:

Contents include:

  • Introduction
  • 2017 IHPST Biennial Conference
    • IHPST President’s Report
    • Aydin Sayili and the Turkish 5TL banknote: A First for Historians of Science
    • Turkish Politics
  • In Memoria: Robert Sonné Cohen (1923-2017)
    • Gerald Holton: Bob Cohen: At the Beginning
  • Education Papers at the Division of the History of Science & Technology (DHST) 5th International Congress, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 23 to 29 July 2017
    • Innovative and Engaging Pedagogy in History of Science, Technology and Medicine
    • Using History in Science Education
    • New Histories of Science Education
  • Science and Cultural Content Knowledge: Gratis Article Download
  • Elements in the Philosophy of Biology, Cambridge University Press, Book Series
  • Opinion Page:
  • Recent HPS&ST Research Articles
  • Recent HPS&ST Related Books
  • Coming HPS&ST Related Conferences

This HPS&ST monthly Note is sent to about 7,500 individuals who directly or indirectly have an interest in the connections of history and philosophy of science with theoretical, curricular and pedagogical issues in science teaching, and/or interests in the promotion of more engaging and effective teaching of the history and philosophy of science.  The note is also sent to different HPS lists and to science education lists.

The note seeks to serve the diverse international community of HPS&ST scholars and teachers by disseminating information about events and publications that connect to HPS&ST concerns.  It is an information list, not a discussion list.

Please do feel free to forward this email to any local, national or international lists that whose members you think would appreciate knowing of the Note and its web location.  Forwarding the notification email is a very easy and efficient way of multiplying the readership and so increasing awareness of HPS&ST matters.

Contributions to the note (publications, conferences, Opinion Page, etc.) are welcome and should be sent direct to the editor:  Michael R. Matthews, UNSW, .

Special Issue of “Endeavour”

Danian Hu has organized a special issue of the journal Endeavour concerning Chinese STM in the Cultural Revolution. Six other colleagues (Western and Chinese) have contributed to this special issue of Endeavour, Volume 41, Issue 3 (September 2017):

  1. Introduction: “Despite or Due to the Cultural Revolution: The Development of Chinese Science, Technology, and Medicine in the 1960s and 1970s” by Danian Hu
  2. “Artemisinin and Chinese Medicine as Tu Science” by Jia-Chen Fu
  3. “Barefoot Doctors and the ‘Health Care Revolution’ in Rural China: A Study Centered on Shandong Province” by Sanchun Xu and Danian Hu
  4. “Hua Loo-Keng’s Popularization of Mathematics and the Cultural Revolution” by Jiří Hudeček
  5. “Yuan Longping, Hybrid Rice, and the Meaning of Science in the Cultural Revolution and Beyond” by Sigrid Schmalzer
  6. “Making Breakthroughs in the Turbulent Decade: China’s Space Technology during the Cultural Revolution” by Chengzhi Li, Dehui Zhang, and Danian Hu
  7.  “Manufacturing in the Eye of the Storm: Shen Hong and the Nine Great Installations Project during China’s Cultural Revolution” by Lie Sun and Danian Hu

2017 ACLS Fellowship Recipients

The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to have announced the 2017 cohort of ACLS fellowship recipients. Below please find a list of those awardees who identified themselves as members of the History of Science Society:

Bleichmar, Daniela – Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars Associate Professor, Art History and History, University of Southern California The Itinerant Lives of Painted Books: Mexican Codices and Transatlantic Knowledge in the Early Modern World

Bridger, Sarah – ACLS Fellowship Program Associate Professor, History, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Science in the Seventies: Battling for the Soul of a Profession, from the Vietnam War to Star Wars

Hersch, Matthew Howard – ACLS Fellowship Program Assistant Professor, History of Science, Harvard University Abort to Orbit

Ragland, Evan – ACLS Fellowship Program Assistant Professor, History, University of Notre Dame Experimental Life: Medicine, Science, and the Emergence of a Culture of Experiment

Please note that the list is based on voluntary information that fellowship recipients provided as part of their applications. The society is unable to verify whether the information on society membership is accurate or comprehensive. For an overview of all ACLS fellowship recipients, please refer to the website:

Application deadlines for the upcoming 2017-18 competitions are posted on the ACLS website, and more detailed information on the individual programs will be available around mid-July.

Terence Keel Receives Harold J. Plous Award

Terence Keel, Assistant Professor of History and of Black studies at UC Santa Barbara has received this year’s Harold J. Plous Award. This is one of the university’s most prestigious faculty honors, given annually to an assistant professor from the humanities, social sciences or natural sciences who has demonstrated exceptional achievement in research, teaching and service. It was established in 1957 to honor the memory of Harold J. Plous, an assistant professor of economics. Terence has also been awarded tenure this year. He will deliver the Plous Lecture next spring. Before becoming a faculty member at UCSB in 2012, he completed both his Master of Theological Studies and his Ph.D. in religious studies at Harvard University. An interdisciplinary historian, he works on racism and its connections to modern science, religion, and political power. His book, “Divine Variation: How Christian Thought Became Racial Science,” is forthcoming from Stanford University Press.

Summer 2017 ISHM Newsletter

The latest issue of the ISHM Newsletter is now available online.  This issue includes important updates on the next ISHM meeting, which will be held in Beijing, China on September 6-11, 2017.  Other news about the international congresses and cultural events related to the History of Medicine, as well as some recent dissertations and publications on this subject are also highlighted in the summer issue.

Latest Dissertations from 77-08 A and B

You can view the latest batch of recent doctoral dissertations harvested from the issues 77-08 A and B of Dissertation Abstracts that pertain to the broad scope of History of Medicine and Science studies at the following URL:

ProQuest has altered how they put out their individual issues.  No longer do they correlate to one month, so the dating is more random.  Thus titles will range from 2017-yes they have some 2017 dates-back into the 1930’s.

Because ProQuest has begun downloading a large number of earlier dissertations from many institutions a decision has been made to only include titles going back to 2015 in this database.  Anyone who wants the complete list of titles on this topic from these issues should email me directly at and I will email you the full list.

2018 HAD Prize Awarded to Dr. Sara J. Schechner

The HAD Prize Committee is pleased to announce that Dr. Sara J. Schechner will be the recipient of the 2018 award. Sara is a prominent member of the Historical Astronomy Division. She served as Vice Chair, Chair, and Past Chair during the period 2005-2011, and has served on numerous HAD committees. During 1990s she was an especially valuable member of the AAS Centennial Committee, and served as Chair of the Exhibit Subcommittee. She has also served on the Working Group on the Preservation of Astronomical Heritage since 2007.

Her influence upon the history of astronomy is felt worldwide. She received her PhD (supervised by Owen Gingerich and I. Bernard Cohen) in 1988, and since 2000 has been the David P. Wheatland Curator of the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments at Harvard. There she acts as chief curator for early scientific instruments and related books and photographs. She is widely published; her two most recent volumes are Sundials and Time: Finding Instruments of the Adler Planetarium (Adler Planetarium, 2017) and Tangible Things: Making History through Objects (Oxford University Press, 2015; co-authored with Laurel Ulrich, Ivan Gaskell, and Sarah Carter). She has prepared numerous exhibitions and received many awards, including the Great Exhibitions Prize from the British Society for the History of Science in 2014 and the Joseph H. Hazen Education Prize from the History of Science Society in 2008.

The award will be presented at a plenary session of the 231st meeting of the American Astronomical Society, to be held next January in National Harbor, Maryland.