Jed Buchwald

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Jed Z. Buchwald is Doris and Henry Dreyfuss Professor of History at Caltech. He was previously director of the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology at MIT. He won a MacArthur Fellowship in 1995.

Buchwald's publications include several full books and edited history-of-science essay collections:

  • 1985 – From Maxwell to Microphysics: Aspects of Electromagnetic Theory in the Last Quarter of the Nineteenth Century
  • 1989 – The Rise of the Wave Theory of Light: Optical Theory and Experiment in the Early Nineteenth Century
  • 1993 – Einstein Papers Project Vol. 3 (one of nine contributing editors)
  • 1994 – The Creation of Scientific Effects: Heinrich Hertz and electric waves
  • 1995 – Scientific Practice: Theories and Stories of Doing Physics (editor)
  • 1996 – Scientific Credibility and Technical Standards in 19th and Early 20th Century Germany and Britain (editor)
  • 2000 – Isaac Newton's Natural Philosophy (editor, with I. Bernard Cohen)
  • 2001 – Histories of the Electron: The Birth of Microphysics (editor, with Andrew Warwick)
  • 2005 – Wrong for the Right Reasons (editor, with Allan Franklin)
  • 2010 - The Zodiac of Paris: How an Improbable Controversy Over an Ancient Egyptian Artifact Provoked a Modern Debate Over Religion and Science (with Diane Greco Josefowicz)
  • 2012 - Newton and the Origin of Civilization (with Mordechai Feingold)

Buchwald is also the general editor of the book series "Dibner Institute Studies in the History of Science and Technology" and of the book series "Archimedes: New Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology," as well as managing editor of the book series "Sources and Studies in the History of Mathematics and the Physical Sciences." Buchwald, together with Jeremy Gray, serves as editor-in-chief of the Springer journal Archive for History of Exact Sciences.

Jed's wife Diana Kormos Buchwald is the director of the Einstein Papers Project at Caltech.


Buchwald graduated from Harvard University with a Ph.D. in 1974. His dissertation was entitled: "Matter, the Medium, and the Electrical Current: A History of Electricity and Magnetism from 1842 to 1895"

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