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Ralph "Richard" Hamerla

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Associate Professor of the History of Science

Dr. Rich Hamerla

Location: Boren Hall 160
Phone: 405.325.9286


  • Ph.D., History of Science and Technology, Case Western Reserve University
  • M.A., History of Science, University of Akron
  • B.A., History, Kent State University

Dr. Hamerla is the Interim Dean of the Honors College and a Reach For Excellence Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma. He has worked on topics dealing with the history of American chemistry and physics in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and scientific apparatus.  His books include Two Centuries of Progress; A Bicentennial History of the Chemical Industry in Cleveland, 1796-1996, (1996), and An American Scientist on the Research Frontier; Edward Morley, Community, and Radical Ideas in Nineteenth-Century Science (2006). He also has publications on the history and use of biological weapons. 

Research Interests

  • 19th Century Chemistry and Physics
  • 19th Century Religion and Science
  • World Wars I and II
  • Fire Bombing
  • Weapons Systems

Courses Taught

  • HON 2973 What Is Science?
  • HON 2973 American Science Policy
  • HON 3993 Experiment In Science 
  • HON 3993 Science and the Cold War
  • HON 3993 Weapons of Mass Destruction