Wikipedia:WikiProject History of Science


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Project overview

Parent projects: Wikipedia:WikiProject History and Wikipedia:WikiProject Science

This project focuses on creating and improving content related to the history of science, science studies, STS, HPS, etc. This includes the philosophy of science, as well as history of technology, mathematics and medicine. The project also focuses on improving the categorization of History of Science-related articles and maintaining Portal:History of science.

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  The History of Science Collaboration is On the Origin of Species.

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  1. History of Science and Technology (talk · contribs) -- general, especially history of physical sciences
  2. Chhandama (talk · contribs) -- general history of science, ancient to modern
  3. Intwizs (talk · contribs) -- Background: B.E in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Anna University ; Interests: global and societal impact of engineering
  4. LupusMundani (talk · contribs) -- cosmology, physics
  5. Ragesoss (talk · contribs) -- physical sciences, biological sciences, technology
  6. dantheox (talk · contribs)
  7. Xuanwu (talk · contribs)
  8. Fastfission (talk · contribs) -- esp. modern physical and biological sciences
  9. Linas (talk · contribs) -- limited to history of physics
  10. Karol Langner (talk · contribs)
  11. Pjacobi (talk · contribs)
  12. Laurascudder (talk · contribs) -- history of physics and medicine
  13. Heron (talk · contribs)
  14. Ancheta Wis (talk · contribs)
  15. Chaiken (talk · contribs) -- physics, materials science, electrical engineering
  16. Kripkenstein (talk · contribs) -- history of philosophy and science in the Middle Ages
  17. Eric Forste (talk · contribs) -- History of chemistry
  18. AppleRaven (talk · contribs) -- US Astronomy and Astronomical Observatories
  19. deeptrivia (talk · contribs) -- mechanics, physics, engineering, thermodynamics, mathematics. I'll also help ensure that the perspective remains global rather than Eurocentric.
  20. Tonymaric (talk · contribs)
  21. DonSiano (talk · contribs) -- Industrial Revolution
  22. Petaholmes (talk · contribs) -- biology esp. botany and genetics
  23. Gihan Jayaweera (talk · contribs) -- biology esp. botany and zoology and endemics of Sri Lanka
  24. Samsara (talk · contribs) -- biology, esp. translations of German articles
  25. Intranetusa (talk · contribs) -- religion and science, fundamentalism & the creationist/intelligent design wave as a challenge to science
  26. Joke137 (talk · contribs) -- cosmology, particle physics, general relativity. I don't know much, but I do what I can.
  27. JackyR (talk · contribs) -- whatever I can remember from college HPS, but I might be good on local Cambridge stuff.
  28. KSchutte (talk · contribs) -- history of natural philosophy, psychology, neuroscience
  29. Peterlewis (talk · contribs) -- history of engineering
  30. redcalx (talk · contribs)
  31. Lacatosias (talk · contribs) -- history of physics, math, logic.
  32. Cugel (talk · contribs) -- psychology (anything to do with the scientific discipline)
  33. Leinad-Z (talk · contribs) -- esp. medieval science, and the relationship between science and religion.
  34. Sayeth (talk · contribs) -- biology, esp. neuroscience and molecular biology
  35. Carboxen (talk · contribs) -- history of chemistry and geology, translations from German
  36. Maestlin (talk · contribs) -- astronomy to Kepler/Galileo, Sci. Revolution, religion and science
  37. Apwoolrich (talk · contribs) -- History and biography of historic mechanical engineering and invention; Industrial Revolution; Admin on Wikisource
  38. Deditos (talk · contribs) -- Meteorology, climatology, oceanography and bits of other Earth science.
  39. IanWills (talk · contribs) -- Engineering related including invention and the history of technology. Particularly interested in Edison and late nineteenth century American inventors.
  40. Ricochet17 (talk · contribs) -- genetics, history of science 17th-19th centuries
  41. SOPHIA (talk · contribs) -- History of astronomy, telescope manufacturers and astrophysics
  42. Wijnand (talk · contribs) -- History of mathematics and its applications in technology, mainly 19th century
  43. MikeMorley (talk · contribs) -- History of physics, mostly - will work elsewhere if can contribute. Undergrad Physicist, 'minored' in History and Philosophy of Science in 2nd year.
  44. Beland (talk · contribs) -- Studied STS at MIT.
  45. Dumarest (talk · contribs) -- M.D. Ph.D. biochemistry, research career in Sickle Cell Disease, now retired, and with time on my hands.
  46. Sina2 (talk · contribs) -- Mathematics, Computing, Information
  47. SteveMcCluskey (talk · contribs) -- History of Astronomy, Archaeoastronomy, Medieval Science
  48. Goclenius (talk · contribs) -- natural philosophy, esp. 17th century and late Aristotelian; mathematics
  49. General Eisenhower (talk · contribs)
  50. Museumfreak (talk · contribs) -- HCI/informatics/history of computing, history of anthropology, science technology society, history of public health
  51. TheGodEmperor (talk · contribs) -- limited mid-HS knowledge, but will help if I can
  52. TedE (talk · contribs) -- PhD in statistics, currently teaching genetics.
  53. Alexei Kouprianov (talk · contribs) -- PhD in History of Science, history of natural history, science in Russia. Background: M.Sc. biology.
  54. Science History (talk · contribs)
  55. WillowW (talk · contribs) -- Sincere dilettante; enjoys translating old texts
  56. Bwi410 (talk · contribs)
  57. Reswik (talk · contribs) -- science studies / sociology of science
  58. Rusty Cashman (talk · contribs) -- Biology, Paleontology
  59. hapagrrl1 (talk · contribs) -- MA in Victorian Studies
  60. Curtius (talk · contribs) -- Ancients
  61. Bakterius (talk · contribs) -- Computer Science, Psychology, Translation (en,de,es)
  62. Jpbowen (talk · contribs) -- Science museums, history of computing
  63. Fred.e (talk · contribs) -- review as reader of science; know a bit of fringe stuff; NPOV
  64. Aleta (talk · contribs) -- esp. geology (which I didn't see listed in the navbar!?)
  65. Eperotao (talk · contribs) -- MA zoology, excellent general knowledge of biology, biology writer/editor
  66. Brassratgirl (talk · contribs) -- librarian in a science & engineering library; working on sources for historical scientist biographies (my notes)
  67. Shyamal (talk · contribs) -- biology, natural history, science ...
  68. Albie34423 (talk · contribs)
  69. Anonymous Dissident (talk · contribs)
  70. Carcharoth (talk · contribs) -- history and philosophy of science, chemistry, physics, biographies
  71. davimre (talk · contribs)-- scientific and musical instruments, open source communities, the economic sociology of taste
  72. Grimhelm (talk · contribs) -- Working on ancient and medieval Science, and History of science in China at the moment; especially providing citations to articles.
  73. Quarl (talk · contribs)
  74. Madcoverboy (talk · contribs) -- Working on United States technological and industrial history and History of MIT, BS Mechanical Engineering & BS STS
  75. Michelferrari (talk · contribs) -- Ph.D. in Psychology
  76. Thony C. (talk · contribs)-- history and philosophy of science and mathematical sciences 1400 to 1700
  77. GeoWriter (talk · contribs) -- geology, volcanoes
  78. Reddi (talk · contribs) -- Most history, Western and Middle East; Weak on Asian
  79. Ruud Koot (talk · contribs) -- History of mathematics
  80. D.H (talk · contribs) -- History of special relativity, aether, and experiments.
  81. Sdsds (talk · contribs) -- History of spaceflight science
  82. MarcoTolo (talk · contribs)
  83. AlphaEta (talk · contribs) -- History of microbiology and molecular biology
  84. Maias (talk · contribs) -- Natural history and palaeontology of SE Asia and Australasia
  85. Insomniduck (talk · contribs) -- history of science and technology, especially astrophysics & biological sciences; also interested in science & women/law/religion
  86. Bryce268 (talk · contribs) -- History of technology, mathematics, engineering
  87. Macdonald-ross (talk · contribs) 21:50, 31 July 2007 (UTC) — History of biology, evolution, biography of major figures
  88. dhaluza (talk · contribs)
  89. Bulldog123 (talk · contribs) history of engineering, interest in pseudosciences, though not exactly an expert in either
  90. djsmitherman (talk · contribs) philosophy of science, evolution of human consciousness
  91. Gavantredoux (talk · contribs) Francis Galton; Richard Burton; Cyril Burt; Cyril Darlington; History of Behaviour Genetics and Differential Psychology, especially the London School.
  92. Notafly (talk · contribs) -- History of entomology, biography of major figures
  93. Luca Borghi (talk · contribs) -- History of Medicine and other health-related subjects
  94. Michael Daly (talk · contribs) -- History of scientific instruments, particularly in astronomy, navigation and surveying
  95. MrBrumby (talk · contribs) -- Medicine, Education and related subjects
  96. Lsisson (talk · contribs) -- Disease and Medical History / Evolution / Military Technology
  97. Jfdwolff (talk · contribs) -- History of modern medicine
  98. Piotrus (talk · contribs) - Historiography, sociology
  99. Shannon_bohle (talk · contribs) - archivist/academic; history of molecular biology, manned spaceflight, space medicine
  100. Acnadwe (talk · contribs) - History of biology / Agricultural history
  101. ScepticalChymist (talk · contribs) - 16th to 19th century chemistry.
  102. MasterOfHisOwnDomain (talk) 11:00, 6 January 2008 (UTC) - History of Medicine (Prehistoric to 20th century)
  103. Wloveral (talk · contribs) -- History of zoology and exploration
  104. JTBurman (talk · contribs) -- History of psychology and biology, Historiography
  105. Bwwm (talk · contribs) -- History of technology, 18th and 19th century science
  106. Dr Dendro (talk · contribs)- physical science
  107. Paulrach (talk · contribs) -- Interests in chemistry, and general sciences. Science education.
  108. Espresso Addict (talk · contribs) -- 19th century medicine, history of biomedical publishing
  109. Davidlud (talk · contribs) -- History of biology, psychology, computer science, sexology
  110. Pgrapi (talk · contribs) -- History of chemistry, history of science and education
  111. JohnnyCalifornia (talk · contribs) -- History of the scientific method, evolution, neuroscience, medicine, psychology.
  112. A.C. Norman (talk · contribs) -- Physics, British science
  113. Tsourkpk (talk · contribs) -- science of ancient civilizations
  114. Awickert (talk · contribs) -- Pre-20th-century science, especially natural science, focusing on the 19th century, the Middle Ages, and ancient times
  115. DavidCBeck (talk · contribs) -- history of science, medicine, and travel literature from 16th to 18th centuries, philosophy of history.
  116. Ceramufary (talk · contribs) -- History of Biology, especially developmental and evolutionary biology.
  117. Carpe Carpio (talk · contribs) -- History of scientific institutions, societies, and communities. 18th century
  118. DAIVID MAKAU -- Physical sciences, biochemistry, organic and inorganic chemistry sciences
  119. Dave souza (talk · contribs) -- Darwin, his colleagues and his predecessors.
  120. Sasata (talk · contribs) -- Mycology
  121. Arjen Dijksman (talk · contribs) -- Physics, physicists quotes
  122. Ian Pitchford (talk · contribs) -- Historiography, evolutionary biology, physics, geology, chemistry.
  123. Physchim62 (talk · contribs) -- Chemistry, physical science in general, particular interest in the development of the "atomic hypothesis" in the XIX century
  124. Pyrotec (talk · contribs)
  125. Max Vorwlicth (talk · contribs) -- History of physical sciences, nuclear sciences, computing, technology, science and media. 20th century.
  126. Terry0051 (talk · contribs) -- Astronomy, mathematical astronomy, time, technology.
  127. Ansi (talk · contribs)
  128. Freekra (talk · contribs) -- History of medicine, history of psychiatry.
  129. 7kingis (talk · contribs)
  130. Marcipangris (talk · contribs) -- chemistry
  131. Thparkth (talk · contribs) -- Biographies of great scientists and engineers, communications and data processing technology 1700 - 2000
  132. Shinryuu (talk · contribs) -- biology and biomedical sciences; 19th and early 20th century British and German scientists, esp. biologists and physiologists
  133. jnl_chemist (talk · contribs) -- History of materials science and related fields (e.g. crystallography, solid state chemistry/physics, mineralogy)
  134. RockMagnetist (talk · contribs) -- Geophysics and magnetism
  135. Rursus (talk · contribs) -- Relation between science and religion, science and philosophy (from a historical perspective)
  136. Jacqueshb (talk · contribs) -- Entomology: bibliography and systematic
  137. Brothercanyouspareadime (talk · contribs) -- General XXth Century intellectual history; integration of modern physics models and Western psychotherapies with Eastern spiritual traditions. Toulmin, Feyerabend, John Wheeler; Manhattan project/Truman/Japanese survivors witness; disarmament
  138. Al-Andalusi (talk · contribs) -- History of Islamic science
  139. FESmitty77 (talk · contribs) -- Darwin, Battlefield Medicine
  140. Zachariel (talk · contribs) -- History of Astronomy, Archaeoastronomy, Medieval Science
  141. Grapplequip (talk · contribs) -- Science biographies, neuroscience, philosophy of science, ethology, evolutionary biology, sociobiology, anthropology
  142. Carstensen (talk · contribs) -- biochemistry, Rosalind Franklin, Maurice Wilkins, Linus Pauling
  143. J8079s (talk · contribs)
  144. Rhododendryn (talk · contribs) -- geology & historical geology.
  145. ARG1900 (talk · contribs)
  146. callum.sutherland (talk · contribs) -- history of astronomy
  147. Ed Poor (talk · contribs) -- controversies over who discovered what first; and ideas which gained quick acceptance only to be shown to be pseudoscience later or vice versa: great ideas stalled for decades or more by stubborn traditionalists
  148. adh30 (talk · contribs) -- history of medicine; history of physiology
  149. Skywalker7799 (talk · contribs) --Just your normal smart middle schooler who loves science
  150. Dr SPWright (talk · contribs) -- history & philosophy of medicine, neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry, biological and social sciences
  151. sweart1 (talk · contribs) -- history of modern physics, esp. nuclear and climate
  152. wikimafiacapo (talk · contribs) -- biology, biochemistry, evolutionary biology, neuroscience, anthropology, geology, sociobiology
  153. Trillig (talk · contribs) Trillig (talk) 14:56, 27 February 2013 (UTC)
  154. Ajrocke (talk · contribs) -- history of chemistry, nineteenth century, Germany, France, Great Britain
  155. Girona7 (talk · contribs) -- all areas of science, especially contributions of female scientists
  156. Doctree (talk · contribs) -- Bird geek so birds, ornithology and related topics
  157. Chiswick Chap (talk · contribs) -- Natural history
  158. Kristephanie (talk · contribs) -- also philosophy of science
  159. Persian Aviator (talk · contribs) History of science such as physics, mathematics, astronomy & medicine in land of Persia & Iran.
  160. Cdhobbs9 (talk · contribs)Cdhobbs9 (talk) 02:17, 14 September 2013 (UTC) History of the origin of the earth, Astronomy, Meteorology, marketing and advertising.
  161. Morphovariant (talk · contribs)
  162. Hypatia137 (talk · contribs) history of astronomy and astrology, history of science in Islamic contexts, history of women in science
  163. aanovick (talk · contribs) -- history of biology, current focus on the quinarian system
  164. Jummals (talk · contribs)
  165. Qxukhgiels (talk · contribs)-anything assoiciated with the major branches of science, especially in relation to space science.
  166. Staticshakedown (talk · contribs)
  167. Apidium23 (talk · contribs) Ancient non-western science, history of evolutionary thought.
  168. SoSivr (talk · contribs) history of mathematics+logic
  169. Umasankar28493 (talk · contribs) Automobile engineering, Thoughts on the nature of universe, Quantum physics
  170. Dan Koehl (talk · contribs) middle schooler with interest in Zoos, aquariums and Zoology
  171. Drianmcdonald (talk · contribs) Early modern phlogistic medicine.
  172. Libertybison (talk)
  173. Zeromonk (talk · contribs) anything really, but esp. human sciences (e.g. medicine, psychological science, etc.), twentieth century science, women in science
  174. Histofscience (talk · contribs) history and philosophy of medicine
  175. Iazyges (talk · contribs) Mostly Roman stuff
  176. Piterkeo (talk · contribs) -- mostly biological sciences, especially biographies of naturalists
  177. Universe&u (talk · contribs) Mostly physics.
  178. labelpuppet (talk · contribs) to learn while editing, history of logic and science in general
  179. karlpoppery (talk · contribs) the invention of doubt
  180. MarcMyWords (talk · contribs) history of technology & its impacts on society, history of psychology, ancient science, pre-history science and other non-classical forms of understanding reality
  181. SweetPotatoes (talk · contribs)
  182. F0rbin (talk · contribs) -- Optical physics
  183. Template:Usermccapra interested in the Scientific Revolution, esp. Galileo and his contemporaries
  184. 189311w (talk · contribs)
  185. Mathmitch7 (talk · contribs) Grad student in STS, focusing on Engineering Studies
  186. RaptorChief (talk) 05:26, 1 February 2018 (UTC)
  187. Biochemlife (talk) 14:42, 5 May 2018 (UTC) women in science, biochemistry, biophysics, chemistry, structural biology, molecular biology
  188. User: DiasporaCryptid
  189. W559 (talk) 17:47, 14 December 2018 (UTC)
  190. Sir Manny of Chester (talk · contribs) -- History of Medicine, Biology, Miliary Weapons
  191. Utl_jung (talk · contribs) Histories surrounding diabetes; human anatomical illustrations 16C-19C; patent medicine
  192. NeilMacDougall (talk · contribs) Industrial revolution; lighthouses; wind energy
  193. Littleflyingdog (talk · contribs) -- General science & tech. history, physics, biology
  194. Horus1927 (talk · contribs) -- History of gold mining from seawater

Current goalsEdit

Current goals

Current goals for the project include:

Possible projectsEdit

Suggest something for participants to work on. Older suggestions will be archived; to see what work others have requested, go to the /Projects subpage.

Categorization and mediaEdit

Categorization and media

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  • List of all subpages of this page
  • Wikipedia: Monitor the broad history of science categories and keep them clean by replacing overly broad categories with more specific ones.
  • Commons: Ensure that history of science-related images are properly categorized, especially in relevant history of science subcategories. Many history of science images are very poorly categorized, making it very difficult to find all the files on a given topic actually present.
  • Wikisource: Upload public domain content related to the history of science and ensure that existing content is properly categorized. There is currently very little marked history of science content on Wikisource.

Writing and editingEdit

Writing and editing

In need of expansionEdit

Requested articlesEdit

Missing scientistEdit

Missing scientist articles

Nils Eckholm - associated with early studies of CO2 and climate change

Robert L. Hill - biochemist, Duke University should be correct object of link on page

Edith M. Taylor (1899-1993) - researcher at Connaught Laboratories (ctrl+f in article for context and relevant references). She made key contributions to the development of the diphtheria toxoid and tetanus toxoid. Find bio info at Museum of Healthcare at Kingston biographies.

Peter J. Moloney (1891-1989) - researcher at Connaught Laboratories (ctrl+f in article for context and relevant reference). He made key contributions to the development of insulin production methods and the diphtheria toxoid. Bios available here and here.



  • Would this be "Aristotle's views on what we today call physics"? We have an article on Aristotle's Physics but I'm not sure that's what is meant. --Fastfission 18:31, 7 February 2006 (UTC)
  • As in (I assume), the system of physics based on Aristotle's work, that was common in some form basically until Newton. Natural motion, natural place and the elements, violent motion, etc.--ragesoss 21:12, 8 February 2006 (UTC)
Just one, I think; the main separation in Aristotle seems to be life sciences/physics Maestlin 08:01, 12 March 2006 (UTC)
If the distinction is between Aristotelian natural philosophy (based on the Physics, Generation and corruption, Meteora and the biological works) and the tradition based on the Problemata mechanica attributed to Aristotle (and the various pseudo-Problemata that appeared in the Medieval period), then I think that separate pages are historically justified. —Goclenius 03:16, 8 May 2006 (UTC)
I think we need to separate Gravity from Gravity theory, but I'm not at all an expert on this. KSchutte 19:14, 12 March 2006 (UTC)
  • The page has been created and is currently being developed. I have just added the WikiProject History of Science template to the talk page and would appreciate it if someone could add a rating to the importance scale. -- Zac Δ talk! 10:13, 8 September 2011 (UTC)
There needs to be an entire new section on how emerging technologies can effect the commercial market, society and other historical events. I'm not sure where this belongs. But I state why I found this page.
Blue lasers capable of reading at higher data compression where developed, and then as a result the media market shifts from dvd to blue ray. Record to tape, VHS to DVD. Ships and Railways to Airplanes. Bronze to Iron. I mean really important stuff. Where to put it all.
The history pages relate history, the history of technology pages just talk about the technology of the time. But there isn't any page which singles out, defines, or attempts to summarize events where technological advancement was the primary source of constructive or distruptive, commerical or social change. Where's that page? Am I just not finding it?--Sparkygravity (talk) 14:20, 21 February 2008 (UTC)

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