Associate Director, Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry, Science History Institute

Lecturer, STSC & HSOC




Ph.D. Yale University

M.A. Linköping University, Sweden

B.S. Ohio University

Research Interests

History of chemistry, mineralogy, and geology; Discovery and invention; Early modern science


Selected Work

“Finding Yttrium: Johan Gadolin and the Development of a Discovery,” in The Nature of Discovery in the Chemical Sciences, eds. Annette Lykknes and Brigitte van Tiggelen. (Singapore: World Scientific, forthcoming).

"The Pocket Laboratory: The Blowpipe in Eighteenth-Century Swedish Mineralogy," Ambix, Vol 66, Issue 1 (February 2019): 1-22.

Courses Taught

STSC 323 / HSOC 323 – Scientific Instruments and the Making of Knowledge


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