Center for History of Physics Grant-in-Aid Program
Special Description for 2011 Awards

For research in the history of modern physics and allied physical sciences (such as astronomy, geophysics, biophysics, industrial physics, and optics) and their social interactions.

Grants in 2011 will support graduate students and early-career scholars attending the conference “Continuity and Discontinuity in the Physical Sciences Since the Enlightenment,” to be held at the Center for History of Physics, July 28 to 31, 2011. Applicants must be presenting at the conference and must also plan to conduct research in the Niels Bohr Library & Archives either before or after the conference. The conference web site is

The Grants-in-Aid can be used only to reimburse direct expenses connected with the conference and research. Grant amounts will not exceed actual costs, and may be limited to help more scholars attend the conference.

Applicants may consult our online catalog at, and should feel free to inquire about the Library’s holdings.


No applications should be made until after acceptance of abstract. Application deadline is April 15, 2011. Applicants should either be working toward a graduate degree in the history of science (please include a letter of reference from the thesis adviser), or be in an early career stage. To apply, send by mail or email a vitae, a letter of no more than two pages describing your research project, and a brief budget showing the expenses for which support is requested to:

Dr. Greg Good
Center for History of Physics
American Institute of Physics
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740
Phone: 301-209-3174, Fax: 301-209-0882, E-mail:

Deadline for receipt of applications: April 15

Grants-in-Aid Awarded in Spring 2010

Philip Kao, Ph.D. Candidate, Social Anthropology, University of St. Andrews, Scotland. To conduct a series of oral history interviews with physicists who developed the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan in the 1980s. This grant-in-aid also supports Mr. Kao’s work in the NSCL archives.

Clarissa Ai Ling Lee, Ph.D. Candidate in Literature, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Ms. Lee conducted preliminary research at the Niels Bohr Library & Archives on the history of high energy physics.

Sigrid Lindner, Ph.D. Candidate, Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany. Oral history interview with Robert Doll, who was at the Low-Temperature-Laboratory of the Bavarian Academy of Science. Dr. Doll is the last living physicist who completed a doctoral dissertation under Walther Meissner. Doll’s greatest success was the proof of flux quantization. Ms. Lindner’s dissertation is supervised by Dieter Hoffmann.

Glenn Sandiford, Ph.D. Post-doctoral researcher, University of Illinois. Dr. Sandiford is participating in a team (including Michael Riordan and Lillian Hoddeson) writing the history of the Superconducting Super Collider. This grant-in-aid supported an oral history interview with Daniel S. Greenberg. Dr. Sandiford also researched in the Niels Bohr Library & Archives.

Patrick Slaney, Ph.D. Candidate, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Mr. Slaney’s dissertation concerns “how the relationships between science and government were renegotiated in the fifteen years following the atomic explosions at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In the shadow of the atomic bomb, a burgeoning nuclear arms race and fierce domestic anti-communism, scientists struggled to negotiate the boundaries and meaning of the scientific community.” For research conducted at the Niels Bohr Library & Archives.

Aaron Sidney Wright, Ph.D. Candidate, Institute for History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto, Canada. Mr. Wright investigated the development by theoretical physicists of “paper tools” for researching “theoretical objects that are unobservable in principle: black holes.” In particular, he drew on material in the archives of Physical Review and Physical Review Letters, and the papers of Samuel Goudsmit.

A note to former Grant-in-Aid awardees and other scholars who have researched in the Niels Bohr Library & Archives or conducted oral history interviews for us: Please consider writing a short overview of your research. We will gladly consider articles up to 1000 words for the next issue of the newsletter.

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