How Scientific Societies Support
the Histories of their Sciences
Many scientific societies provide support for historians and other people who are investigating the histories of their respective sciences. The American Institute of Physics (AIP) led the way for supporting history of science with the establishment of the Niels Bohr Library & Archives and the Center for History of Physics decades ago.
The History Center’s Grants-in-Aid program has supported scores of historians over the years, in their visits to archives, to the Niels Bohr Library, and for conducting oral history interviews. Researchers are supported with up to $2,500 to reimburse the costs of their research. The Grants-to-Archives program that we oversee has helped archives in many countries to preserve and make accessible the manuscripts of many important physicists. These grants vary up to $10,000 for a worthy project.
Since AIP is a ‘federation’ of physical societies—something that might be imperfectly understood by some readers—each of those societies may of course support the history of its science in its own way. (See the next article, “A Federation of History-Minded Scientists and Science-Minded Historians and Archivists”, pp. 11–13, for details.)
The Center for History of Physics supports all these endeavors to encourage the history of science. If you or anyone you know has information on other programs please email the information to me at . I will update readers on these programs.