James R. Fleming

Professor of Science, Technology and Society

Email: jfleming[at]colby.edu

Up-to-date profile page: http://www.colby.edu/directory/profile/jfleming/


Jim Fleming is Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at Colby College, a research scholar at Columbia University, and a research associate at the Smithsonian Institution. He has earned degrees in astronomy (B.S. Penn State University), atmospheric science (M.S. Colorado State University) and history (Ph.D. Princeton University). His teaching bridges the sciences and the humanities, and his research interests involve the history of the geophysical sciences, especially meteorology and climate change. He has written extensively on the history of weather, climate, technology, and the environment including social, cultural, and intellectual aspects. His books include Meteorology in America, 1800-1870 (Johns Hopkins, 1990), Historical Perspectives on Climate Change (Oxford, 1998), The Callendar Effect (AMS, 2007), Fixing the Sky (Columbia, 2010), and Inventing Atmospheric Science (MIT, 2016).

Jim is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Meteorological Society, series editor of Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology, founder and first president of the International Commission on History of Meteorology, and editor-in-chief of History of Meteorology, He has spent productive sabbaticals at MIT, Harvard, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and Columbia University. His engagement with public policy includes frequent media appearances, writing and reviewing for the International Panel on Climate Change, testimony before Congressional committees, consultations with the General Accountability Office, and service on two National Academies of Sciences study panels: Earth Observations from Space (2007), and Climate Intervention (2015). 

Jim is a resident of China, Maine (not Mainland China!) He enjoys fishing, good jazz, good BBQ, seeing students flourish, and building the community of historians of the geosciences. "Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else."

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