John Lewis Heilbron

John Lewis Heilbron (born 17 March 1934, San Francisco) is an American historian of science best known for his work in the history of physics and the history of astronomy. He is Professor of History and Vice-Chancellor Emeritus (Vice-Chancellor 1990–1994) at the University of California, Berkeley, senior research fellow at Worcester College, Oxford, and visiting professor at Yale University and the California Institute of Technology. He edited the academic journal Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences for twenty-five years.

Books in order of publication:

H. G. J. Moseley: The Life and Letters of an English Physicist, 1887-1915, University of California Press.  – 1974

Electricity in the 17th and 18th Centuries: A Study of Early Modern Physics, University of California Press. – 1979

The Dilemmas of an Upright Man: Max Planck and the Fortunes of German Science, California University Press. – 1986

Lawrence and His Laboratory: A History of the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, with Robert W. Seidel. University of California Press. – 1989

Geometry Civilized: History, Culture, Technique. Oxford University Press. – 1997

Electricity in the 17th and 18th Centuries: A Study of Early Modern Physics. Dover Publications. – 1999

The Sun in the Church: Cathedrals as Solar Observatories. Harvard University Press. – 1999

Ernest Rutherford and the Explosion of Atoms, Oxford Portraits in Science. 2003

The Oxford Companion to the History of Modern Science (ed.), Oxford University Press. – 2003

Galileo, Oxford University Press. – 2010

Love, Literature, and the Quantum Atom, with Finn Aaserud Oxford University Press. – 2013

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