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Department Name Change

On August 28, 2020, the Faculty voted unanimously to change the Department name from "History of Science" to "History of Science, Technology and Medicine", reflecting the major strengths represented in the Department.


Taylor-Wei Dissertation Fellowship In the History of        Meteorology: Application deadline Jan 1, 2021

Thanks to a generous gift, the Department of the History of Science of the University of Oklahoma is pleased to announce the creation of the Taylor-Wei Dissertation Fellowship. This award, named in honor of the scientific achievements of Dr. Ronald C. Taylor and Dr. Ming-Ying Wei, consists of a $25,000 stipend for one year of research and writing on any topic related to the history of meteorology, climate science, and/or technologies related to those fields, broadly construed. We are interested in supporting social and cultural approaches to weather and climate as well as more technically-focused work.

Graduate students from any institution are encouraged to apply. Opportunities will be available for the recipient to take advantage of the unique resources at OU, such as the National Weather Center and associated laboratories and the exceptional History of Science Collections, but there is no residence requirement.

Applicants should submit by January 1, 2021 a cv, a proposal of no more than 2500 words, including notes, that outlines the dissertation project and how it would benefit from the award, and a letter of recommendation (submitted separately) from the applicant’s doctoral committee chair or advisor. As the recipient must be ABD by the beginning of the award period, this letter should note when the student passed or is scheduled to take his/her general exams. Application materials should be submitted by email to Professor Hunter Heyck, Chair, Department of the History of Science:  We are more than happy to respond to questions from applicants or advisers.

2020-2021 Colloquium Series

Upcoming Speakers

Our Fall colloquium series will be entirely by Zoom. See details below.

Friday October 23, 3:30-5:00, Central Time (US and Canada)
Hearing Happiness: Deafness Cures in History.
Jaipreet Virdi, Department of History, University of Delaware.

For Zoom link or accomodation on the basis of disabliity please contact The event will be live captioned.


2019-2020 Colloquium Series


OU Alumna at American Philosophical Society. With a bachelor’s degree in physics from Princeton University and a master’s degree in history of science and technology from the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Emily Margolis received her PhD in History of Science and Technology from the Johns Hopkins University in spring 2019. Her dissertation topic was “Space Travel at 1G: Space To