• Seymour Mauskopf

  • Professor Emeritus and Director, Focus Interdisciplinary Programs
  • History
  • 129 Carr Building
  • Campus Box 90719
  • Phone: (919) 684-2581
  • Fax: (919) 681-7670
  • Other

    I was the first Edelstein International Fellow in the History of Chemical Sciences and Technology (Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania, and The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 1988-1989). In spring, 2000, I was the Price Fellow at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia. In 1998, I received the Dexter Award for Outstanding Contributions to the History of Chemistry from the American Chemical Society. I have held grants from the National Science Foundation and from the Hagley Museum.
  • Specialties

    • Intellectual History
  • Research Description

    My research interests in the history of science have been quite varied over the years; they include the history of chemistry and allied sciences in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries (Crystals and Compounds, 1976), the history of chemical technology, focusing on munitions and explosives and the history of parapsychology and marginal science (The Elusive Science: Origins of Experimental Psychical Research, with Michael R. McVaugh, 1980). I have edited two books reflective of these different interests: The Reception of Unconventional Science (1979) and Chemical Sciences in the Modern World (1993).
  • Current Projects

    I am an "enthusiastic" pianist in both classical and show-tune/jazz repertoire.
  • Education

      • PhD,
      • Princeton University,
      • 1966
      • AB,
      • Cornell University,
      • 1960
  • Recent Publications

      • "Pellets, Pebbles and Prisms: Suiting Black Powder For Scaled-Up Guns in English Munitions, 1860-1880."
      • Gunpowder: The History of an International Technology.
      • Ed. Brenda Buchanan.
      • Vol. 2 (in press),
      • Accepted, 2006.
      • S. Mauskopf.
      • ""A History of Chirality,"."
      • Chiral Analysis.
      • Ed. Kenneth W. Busch and Marianna A. Busch.
      • Elsevier,
      • Accepted, in press.
      • S. Mauskopf.
      • ""Biogaphy of J.-L. Proust"."
      • Encyclopaedia Britannica.
      • Accepted, in press.
      • S. Mauskopf.
      • ""Biographies of Frederick Augustus Abel, Heinrich Debus, and Frederick Field."
      • Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century British Scientists.
      • Ed. Bernard Lightman.
      • Accepted, in press.
      • S. Mauskopf.
      • ""Chemistry in the Arsenal: State Regulation and Scientific Methodology of Gunpowder in Eighteenth-Century England and France ,”."
      • The Heirs of Archimedes: Science and the Art of War through the Age of Enlightenment.
      • Ed. Brett D. Steele & Tamera Dorland.
      • Dibner Institute Studies in the History of Science and Technology,
      • MIT Press,
      • 2005.
      • 293-330.
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  • Postdoctoral Students

    • Christopher Carter
      • 2003 - present
      • Thesis: Empiricism and Imperialism
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