April 2015 In Memoriam

David Lindberg

David Lindberg15 November 1935 – 6 January 2015

David Lindberg, age 79, died at Covenant Oaks Memory Care on 6 Jan 2015, after a long, arduous journey with Alzheimer’s disease. He was born in Minneapolis, Minn., on 15 Nov 1935, to Milton and Elizabeth (MacKinney) Lindberg.

His degrees include Wheaton College, BA-Physics; Northwestern University, MS-Physics; and a PhD from Indiana University in the History and Philosophy of Science. After teaching for two years at the University of Michigan, Dave joined the UW in 1967 as a professor in the History of Science department, where he spent the rest of his career until he retired in 2001. During his career he received many writing, teaching, and service awards; lectured frequently in the United States and abroad; edited encyclopedic works; and authored many articles and books on medieval history, and science and religion, including his Beginnings of Western Science, which has been translated into seven languages. He was devoted to his colleagues, department, and the UW, also teaching in the Integrated Liberal Studies program, and serving as director of the Institute for Research in the Humanities. He most loved teaching undergraduates and working individually with graduate students.

Dave was also a member of the History of Science Society, serving as its president. He spent a year with his family at the Institute for Advanced Studies, in Princeton, and another as a member of St. Edmund Hall and Trinity College in Oxford. He was also a Fellow at the Rockefeller Center in Bellagio, Italy.

The family is planning a celebration of life in the spring. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.

L. Pearce Williams

L. Pearce Williams8 September 1927 – 8 February 2015

L. Pearce Williams, professor emeritus in the History of Science at Cornell University, died 8 Feb 2015, at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, NY, at the age of 87. A tall and imposing figure, he reveled in the teaching of both the history of science and the history of Western Civilization, and enjoyed giving his presentation, “The Notorious Note-Taking Lecture,” to students entering the university during his years as a chair professor at Cornell.

Pearce enrolled at Cornell University in 1944 as a chemical engineer, but immediately left for a year’s service in the US Navy. Upon his return to the university, he found his lifelong passion for history of science through a required course taught by the late Henri Guerlac. Pearce graduated from Cornell with honors with a BA in 1949, and then pursued a PhD at Cornell, which he completed in 1952. He taught at Yale and the University of Delaware, and was delighted to return to teach at his alma mater in 1960. His biography of Michael Faraday won the Pfizer Prize.

A memorial service will be held later in the year; time and place will be forthcoming. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pearce’s second home: The Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Carl A. Kroch Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853.

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