History and Classics

Science, Technology, Environments and Health

 

Figure 1 caption: Bucyrus-Erie 200-B electrically operated stripping shovel. One of the smallest stripping shovels built. It is now preserved at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin, Alberta.

 

Figure 2 caption:  The Hubble Space Telescope in orbit. 

Science, Technology, Environments, and Health

The Department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta offers a wide range of expertise in the history of science, technology, environments, and health. Our faculty members’ interests range from the early modern period to the present day with broad geographic expertise ranging from Classical India, to the United States, Britain, and Canada.

Our fields of graduate study in Science, Technology, Environments and Health include the following:

Geographic

  • Britain (Cormack, R. Smith)
  • Canada (Piper, Stunden Bower)
  • India (Dominik Wujastyk, Dagmar Wujastyk)
  • U.S. (Ede, R. Smith, S. Smith)

Thematic

  • Chemistry (Ede)
  • Geography and Mathematics (Cormack, Stunden Bower)
  • Environments and Ecologies (Ens, Marples, Piper, S. Smith, Stunden Bower)
  • Medicine & Health (S. Smith, Piper, Dominik Wujastyk, Dagmar Wujastyk)
  • Physical Sciences (R. Smith)
  • Science in Society (Ede, Stunden Bower)
  • Technology (R. Smith, Stunden Bower)
  • Water (Stunden Bower)
  • Indigenous health systems of South Asia (Dominik Wujastyk, Dagmar Wujastyk)
  • Medical Ethics (Dagmar Wujastyk)

Linkages

The study of the history of science, technology, environments, and health is well-supported at the University of Alberta. The Office of Interdisciplinary Studies in the Faculty of Arts has undergraduate programs in Science, Technology and Society and Environmental Studies. These regularly host lectures and bring guest speakers to campus. There is a Dean’s initiative in the History of Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. We maintain close links with colleagues across campus working in affiliated fields, including environmental humanities and sciences.

Research Infrastructure

The University’s libraries house a very rich collection of primary and secondary sources in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine. The Scott Health Sciences Library, for example, contains a rich collection of medical history books and health science journals, including the Rawlinson Rare Book Collection. The Cameron Library houses, among many other collections, the William C. Wonders Map Collection, the Canadian Circumpolar Collection, and the William A. S. Sarjeant Collection which is particularly rich in the history of science.

Faculty members’ areas of graduate teaching and supervision

  • Lesley Cormack Dean, Faculty of Arts (Ph.D. Toronto) - Early modern science, especially geography and mathematics in Sixteenth Century England
  • Andrew Ede (Ph.D. Toronto) - History of science and technology, history of chemistry, science in society, science in the U.S.
  • Liza Piper (Ph.D. York) - Environmental, natural resources, health history, Canada and Circumpolar
  • Robert Smith (Ph.D. Cambridge) - History of Science and Technology in the 19th to the 21st centuries, especially the history of astronomy in Britain and the U.S.
  • Susan L. Smith (Ph.D. Wisconsin) - 20th-century U.S., medicine and public health, war and health, women and health
  • Shannon Stunden Bower (Ph.D. British Columbia) - Western Canada, water, environmental, 20th c. resource management in Canada
  • Dagmar Wujastyk (Ph.D. Bonn University) - South Asian medical history, history of alchemy and iatrochemistry
  • Dominik Wujastyk, (DPhil Oxford) - History of science and medicine in pre-modern South Asia.

Figure 2 caption:

Bucyrus-Erie 200-B electrically operated stripping shovel. One of the smallest stripping shovels built. It is now preserved at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin, Alberta.

Figure 2 caption:

Bucyrus-Erie 200-B electrically operated stripping shovel. One of the smallest stripping shovels built. It is now preserved at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin, Alberta.