Department News and Faculty Books Archive


Beyond Bakelite: Leo Baekeland and the Business of Science and Invention

Beyond Bakelite:  Leo Baekeland and the Business of Science and Invention
The changing relationships between science and industry in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, illustrated by the career of the “father of plastics.” The Belgian-born American chemist, inventor, and entrepreneur Leo Baekeland (1863–1944) is best known for his invention of the first synthetic plastic—his near-namesake Bakelite—which had applications ranging from electrical insulators to Art […]


Congratulations Larry Principe!

The recipient of the 2020 HIST Award of the History of Chemistry (HIST) Division of the History of Chemistry of the American Chemical Society is Lawrence M. Principe, Drew Professor of the Humanities, with Chairs in both Chemistry and the History of Science, The Johns Hopkins University. The HIST Award is for outstanding achievement in […]


Aaron Bateman has a new article published

Aaron Bateman, a first year graduate student in the Department of History of Science and Technology, has an article published in War on the Rocks, a peer-reviewed international affairs outlet.  You can read the article at the War on the Rocks website.


Joint Atlantic Seminar in the History of Biology Call for Papers

The Joint Atlantic Seminar in the History of Biology will hold its 55th meeting on March 27-28, 2020, at the Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus in Baltimore, Maryland. The deadline for proposals for a 20‐minute presentation is February 7, 2020. Please send a title, paper description (200 words) and contact information to Sharon Kingsland sharon@jhu.edu. […]


Trip to Philadelphia

Trip to Philadelphia
History of Science, Medicine, and Technology students together with Museums and Society students and other undergraduates on a trip to Philadelphia, where they visited exhibitions at the Mutter Museum and the American Philosophical Society and had lunch and conversations with the curators.


Everett Mendelsohn Prize Awarded to Christine Keiner

Alumna Christine Keiner (right) received the Everett Mendelsohn Prize, given annually to an author of an article published in the Journal of the History of Biology during the previous three years. Karen Rader (left), editor of the journal, awards the prize at the History of Science Society meeting in Utrecht, July 2019.


Faculty Position in History of Modern Life Sciences

The Department of the History of Science and Technology at The Johns Hopkins University invites applications for the position of tenure-track assistant professor in the history of the modern life sciences with the anticipated start date of July 1, 2020. The position is open to all areas of scholarship within the history of modern life sciences […]


Yulia Frumer has been promoted!

The Board of Trustees of The Johns Hopkins University has approved the promotion of Yulia Frumer to Associate Professor.  Congratulations on this well-deserved recognition as a historian, teacher, and leader in the profession!


Way to go!

Way to go!
Bill Leslie and Sharon Kingsland had the honor of hooding their advisees, Emily Margolis and Emilie Raymer, at the KSAS Hooding Ceremony. Emily is off to the American Philosophical Society Museum and Emilie is heading to Harvard! Congratulations!


Congratulations Marc Alsina!

Doctoral candidate, Marc Alsina, has been awarded a 12 month pre-doctoral Guggenheim Fellowship at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.  Way to go, Marc!