Blogs by Our Historians

Greg GoodGEOcosmoHISTORY

GEOcosmoHISTORY is the blog of Gregory A. Good, Spencer Weart Director of the Center for History of Physics. It focuses on various topics including space weather, geo-cosmology in the 19th century, and ideas for several of his book projects.

Greg has been director of the Center for History of Physics since January, 2009. Before that, he served as chair of the Department of History at West Virginia University in Morgantown, where he taught for many years. He received a B.S. in physics from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA in 1974, and a Ph.D. in history of science from the University of Toronto, Canada in 1982.

W. Patrick McCrayThe Leaping Robot Blog

The Leaping Robot Blog is written by W. Patrick McCray, the author of Visioneers, Keep Watching the Skies!, and Giant Telescopes. He was an associate historian at the History Center from three years. He received both his B.S. (1989) and M.S. (1991) degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering/ Anthropology from the University of Arizona in 1996. He is currently a professor in the Department of History at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Will ThomasEtherwave Propaganda

Will Thomas and co-blogger Christopher Donohue write about a mix of issues from the history of modern science. Frequently addressed topics include 18th-century natural philosophy, 19th and 20th-century anthropology and social thought, and 20th-century physical and technical sciences. They also specialize in the problems involved in interpreting history, and in building a working body of historical knowledge.

Will is a senior historian at History Associates, Inc. (HAI), based in Rockville, Maryland, where he researches and writes institutional histories and conducts oral history interviews for clients. From 2007 to 2010 he was a postdoctoral associate historian at the Center for History of Physics where he created the Array of Contemporary American Physicists web resource.

Alex WellersteinRestricted Data: The Nuclear Secrecy Blog

Restricted Data is a blog about nuclear secrecy, past and present, run by Alex Wellerstein. He was postdoc historian of science at the Center for History of Physics from 2011 to 2014.

Alex received a B.A. in History from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2002. He came to the study of the history of science while working as an undergraduate in the Office for History of Science and Technology at Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of History of Science at Harvard University in the fall of 2010.