Department News and Faculty Books Archive

Prix Franklin-Lavoisier Award

Professor Lawrence Principe has been awarded the 2016 Prix Franklin-Lavoisier from the Fondation de la Maison de la Chimie in recognition of “his remarkable contributions to the understanding of the history of the chemical sciences.” The prize, consisting of a silver medal and a monetary award, will be conferred during a formal ceremony in Paris […]


East Asian Visiting Student Fellowship

The department of the History of Science and Technology at Johns Hopkins University invites applications for graduate student fellowships in the history of modern East Asian science and technology. Eligible students must be currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program and be working in the history of modern East Asian science or technology.


History of Public Health in East Asia Film Series

Join us on Tuesday and Wednesday nights in the Levering lounge this spring for pizza, movies, and discussion. See the list of films and dates on the East Asian Studies website.


World’s Fairs on the Eve of War

Since the first world’s fair in London in 1851, at the dawn of the era of industrialization, international expositions served as ideal platforms for rival nations to showcase their advancements in design, architecture, science and technology, industry, and politics. Before the outbreak of World War II, countries competing for leadership on the world stage waged […]


Joan Bromberg Passed Away

Joan Bromberg, a visiting scholar in our department since 2000, has recently passed away. She was a highly respected historian of modern physical science and technology. She received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin in 1966 and started her career as assistant professor at the University of Hawaii. She published three books, Fusion: Science, Politics […]


Dr. Maria Portuondo New Chair

After 12 consecutive years, Dr. Sharon Kingsland has given the “Chair” over to Dr. Maria Portuondo. Thank you Dr. Kingsland for all of your years of service!  Dr. Portuondo, happy chairing!


New Faculty Member

The department is pleased to welcome Dr. Joris Mercelis as assistant professor starting July 1. Dr. Mercelis is a historian of modern technology, especially technology related to chemical industries, and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Ghent.


The Secrets of Alchemy

The Secrets of Alchemy

In The Secrets of Alchemy, Lawrence M. Principe, one of the world’s leading authorities on the subject, brings alchemy out of the shadows and restores it to its important place in human history and culture. By surveying what alchemy was and how it began, developed, and overlapped with a range of ideas and pursuits, Principe illuminates the […]


Urban Modernity: Cultural Innovation in the Second Industrial Revolution

Urban Modernity

At the close of the 19th century, industrialization and urbanization marked the end of the traditional understanding of society as rooted in agriculture. Urban Modernity examines the construction of an urban-centered, industrial-based culture—an entirely new social reality based on science and technology. The authors show that this invention of modernity was brought about through the […]