Events sponsored or co-sponsored by the Center

December 3, 2014

Acquisitions Night

Chemical Heritage Foundation

December 11, 2014

Jeremy Greene, Johns Hopkins University and Mark Hagerott, United States Naval Academy

2014 in History:  Action at a Distance

Philadelphia Area Center for History of Science

Changes in science, technology and medicine profoundly impact our lives every day. Examining the history behind these changes can help us to put them in context, understand the choices we have made and the possibilities that are open to us.

Our capacity to gather information and to control devices remotely has been growing dramatically. Join us to examine the history of telemedicine and of military drones, and to speculate on how future historians might look back on these developments.


Past PACHS Events

October 30, 2014

Sharrona Pearl, University of Pennsylvania

Diagnosis, Madness: The Photographic Physiognomy of Hugh Welch Diamond

September 18, 2014

2014 Introductory Symposium

May 15, 2014

Personalized medicine in historical perspective: from antiquity to the genome age

March 25, 2014

Matt Jones, Columbia University; Helen Nissenbaum, New York University

Technology, Privacy and Security

January 29, 2014

David Kirsch, University of Maryland

The Electric Vehicle: Past, Present… and Future?

September 20, 2013

2013 Introductory Symposium

May 15, 2013

Stephen Pyne, Arizona State University

Voyager and the Third Great Age of Discovery

May 11, 2013

Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of the Physical Sciences

May 3, 2013

Symposium Honoring the Career and Scholarship of Ruth Schwartz Cowan

April 25, 2013

Darin Hayton, Rebecca Onion, Elly Truitt, and Mike Yudell

Sounds Made Up: Tales From the History of Science

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Heilprin-Stone Expedition to Mexico, 1890. Image courtesy of The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

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Working Groups

November 19, 2014

Human Sciences

Whitney Laemmli of UPenn will introduce a draft dissertation chapter “‘Dance as the Measure of Man’: Alan Lomax, Choreometrics, and the History of Humankind (1965-1985)”

December 2, 2014

History and Theory

The group will discuss pp. 272-370 of Creative Evolution by Henri Bergson as well as Chapters 1-2, 5, and Conclusion to Deleuze’s Bergsonism (Zone Books, 1991) and Eli During’s essay, “‘A History of Problems’: Bergson and the French Epistemological Tradition”, Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, v. 35, n. 1, January 2004.

December 3, 2014

Physical Sciences

Carsten Reinhardt of CHF will introduce his draft, “The Dynamics of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.”

December 10, 2014

History and Philosophy of Science

Nabeel Hamid of UPenn will introduce chapter 3 of Daston and Galison’s Objectivity.

December 11, 2014

Early Sciences

Harun Küçük of UPenn will introduce his draft paper, “The Compass and the Astrolabe: Religion and Empirical Knowledge in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire.”

December 12, 2014

Science Beyond the West


January 12, 2015

Natural History and Life Sciences


January 16, 2015

Medicine and Health


January 20, 2015



February 6, 2015

Earth and Environmental Sciences