We are a group of historians with extensive experience in studying and participating in commemorative practices in science, technology, and medicine. We seek to improve such practices by advising institutions and individuals how to achieve historical authenticity, social diversity, scientific coverage, and state-of-the-art technology so as to best preserve and present their scientific legacy in the context of an upcoming anniversary or commemoration. Our professional staff includes:
Pnina G. Abir-Am, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow
Alan L. Fleischman, M.B.A., Chief Financial Officer and Director
Miron Barhad, B.S.M.E., Technical Support
Pnina G. Abir-Am, Director, Scientific Legacies, Boston, MA.
John Stachel, Director Emeritus, Einstein Collected Works, Boston University;
Margaret W. Rossiter, Editor Emerita ISIS & Osiris; Professor of History in STS-Cornell;
Robert Iliffe, Editor of Newton Online; Editor of History of Science; Imperial College, London;
Barbara Low, Professor Emerita of Biochemistry and Biophysics; Columbia University in New York City.
Pnina G. Abir-Am is a historian of science with special interest in the biomolecular sciences in the 20th Century, scientific commemorations, gender and women in science, and science policy. She has published over 30 papers and edited or co-edited four books; some of her work has received an award for "outstanding research" from the History of Science Society and has been translated or reviewed in several languages, including French, Spanish, and Chinese. Pnina has had a truly international education: She took her Ph.D. in history of science from the University of Montreal; (adviser: Camille Limoges) her B.Sc.and M.Sc. In chemistry, biology, and philosophy of science from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem; she did post-doctoral studies at the University of London (Wellcome Institute) and Harvard. She has taught at UC-Berkeley, Universite d'Ottawa, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Johns Hopkins University. She is currently completing a monograph along the lines of this talk, among many other projects. For more publications and other items, see <http://pgabiram.scientificlegacies.org>. Pnina is the founder of Scientific Legacies, a think tank and consulting start up in the area of scientific commemorations, aiming to improve the commemorative events/products of scientists, scholars and their institutions. Pnina can be reached at .
John Stachel is a former editor of Einstein's Collected Works (Vols. I-III) and the author of numerous papers and books on the theory of relativity, most recently, Einstein From 'B' to 'Z'. (2002) He was a major participant at the centennial of Einstein's birth in 1979 (when he lectured at conferences held at Princeton and Berlin, publishing "The Genesis of General Relativity" (first published in "Einstein Symposion Berlin" and more recently in Einstein From 'B' to 'Z'.). He also published three articles in connection with the 1979 centennial, "Einstein on Civil Liberty" (in "Rights"), "Einstein's Odyssey" (in "The Sciences") and "Einstein and the Rigidly Rotating Disc" (all in "General Relativity and Gravitation One Hundred Years After the Birth of Albert Einstein"). He has also been in great demand as a speaker at the 2005 centennial of Einstein's multiple discoveries of 1905, at twenty places. (The two already given are York University, Toronto; and the Joint physics seminar of the five colleges, at Amherst). He has written a "New Introduction" to Einstein's Miraculous Year (Princeton University Press); an article for "Nature," numerous interviews, including for radio and TV. John Stachel also organized the first International Conference on the History of General Relativity in 1987; the seventh conference in the series will take place in March 2005 in Tenerife. John can be reached at .
Margaret Rossiter is a former Editor-in-Chief of Isis and Osiris. Her book Beyond Affirmative Action (1995) received a double prize from the History of Science Society in 1997, as the best book in the history of science, and the best book in the history of women in science. She oversaw the publication of Commemorative Practices in Science, edited by Pnina G. Abir-Am & Clark A. Elliott, as vol. 14 of Osiris (1999). She can be reached at .
Rob Iliffe oversees the electronic conversion of Newton's archival holdings, as well as related research material, secondary sources, into an online available form. He is the author of numerous papers on Newton and of a forthcoming book on Newton's theology from Yale University Press. He edits the journal History of Science and teaches at Imperial College, London. For more information on the Newton Project, see <http://www.newtonproject.ic.ac.uk>.
Barbara Low is professor emerita of physics and biochemistry at the Columbia University in New York City. She is a pioneer of the x-ray crystallographic study of penicillin structure as well as the structure of various proteins. She is at work on her memoirs of Harvard Laboratory of physical chemistry in the 1940s and 1950s; as well as on her career as a woman scientist in UK and US in the last 60 years. <http://cpmcnet.columbia.edu/dept/gsas/biochem/>
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