James R. Fleming

Professor of Science, Technology and Society

Email: jfleming@colby.edu

Please see http://www.colby.edu/profile/jfleming for up-to-date information.


James Rodger Fleming is a historian of science and technology and Professor of Science, Technology and Society at Colby College, Maine. His teaching bridges the sciences and the humanities, and his research interests involve the history of the geophysical sciences, especially meteorology and climate change.

Professor Fleming earned a B.S. in astronomy from Pennsylvania State University, an M.S. in atmospheric science from Colorado State University, and a Ph.D. in history from Princeton University. In 2003 Professor Fleming was elected a Fellow of the AAAS "for pioneering studies on the history of meteorology and climate change and for the advancement of historical work within meteorological societies." He held the Charles A. Lindberg Chair in Aerospace History at the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution in 2005-06 and the AAAS Roger Revelle Fellowship in Global Stewardship at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in 2006-07.

Professor Fleming is the founder and first president of the International Commission on History of Meteorology, editor-in-chief of History of Meteorology, and series editor for Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology.

His books include Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control (Columbia University Press, 2010), The Callendar Effect (American Meteorological Society, 2007), Historical Perspectives on Climate Change (Oxford University Press, 1998), and Meteorology in America, 1800-1870 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1990).  Recent co-edited volumes include Osiris 26, Klima (2011), Globalizing Polar Science (Palgrave, 2010),  Intimate Universality (Science History/USA, 2006).  He is currently working on a biography of the CO2 molecule, a book on Harry Wexler and the emergence of atmospheric sience, and a project examining "sense of place" in the Belgrade Lakes Region.

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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Here is the home page of the Science, Technology, and Society Program and a link to Professor Fleming's research.