News and Notes

November 23, 2015

Linda Hall Library acquires observation logs from comet hunter David H. Levy

The Linda Hall Library recently acquired 26 observation logs from David H. Levy, one of the most successful comet hunters in history, with 22 comets discovered, nine of them using his own backyard telescopes. The logs given to the Linda Hall Library date from 1956 when, at age eight, Levy accidentally saw a shooting star during the summer. He has kept an observation log ever since, totaling 18,000 sessions. Levy also donated an equal number of his personal journals which help explain the information contained within the observation logs. The remainder of Dr. Levy’s observation logs and journals will be donated to the Library after his death. 

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November 23, 2015

American Philosophical Society acquires papers of Richard L. Garwin

The American Philosophical Society recently acquired the papers of twentieth-century physicist and policy consultant Richard L. Garwin. Garwin was instrumental in the development of the hydrogen bomb and spent nearly fifty years addressing policy questions pertaining to its use, as well as the use of other advanced technologies, in addition to a continued and wide-ranging career in both basic and applied physical research. Garwin authored or co-authored many books, including Nuclear Weapons and World Politics (1977) and Science Advice to the President (1980), and more than 500 articles in scientific and popular media. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, among other esteemed organizations, and has held many posts, including as consultant and researcher for IBM and as consultant to the U.S. President’s Science Advisory Committee.Garwin. 

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November 17, 2015

November 2015 Newsletter

Updates on the Consortium’s fellows, events and members are available in the November 2015 Newsletter.

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November 2, 2015

Donald L. Opitz wins NSF award and lead edits volume on domesticity in modern science

Congratulations to past Consortium fellow Donald Opitz, who secured NSF funding to support the conference “Gendering Science: Women and Men Producing Knowledge” in Prague, Czech Republic, June 5-8, 2015, abstract here. Don Opitz is the editor (with Staffan Bergwik and Brigitte Van Tiggelen) of Domesticity in the Making of Modern Science (Palgrave Macmillian, 2015), which can be previewed here.

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October 30, 2015

Fellowships Available for 2016-2017

The Consortium invites applications for fellowships in the history of science, technology and medicine, broadly construed. Fellows conduct research in the exceptional collections of the Consortium’s member institutions. Opportunities include:

  • short-term Research Fellowships
  • nine-month Dissertation Writing Fellowships
  • a nine-month NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship

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    Third Carpenter Expedition to Africa, 1947. Image courtesy of The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.