James R. Fleming (Jim)

Professor of Science, Technology, and Society

Box 5881

Phone: 207-859-5881
Fax: 207-859-5846
Mailing Address:
5881 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8858
Fleming, James R.


B.S.Astronomy Pennsylvania State University 1971
M.S.Atmospheric ScienceColorado State University 1973
M.A.History of SciencePrinceton University 1984
Ph.D.History of SciencePrinceton University 1988

Areas of Expertise

  • History of science and technology
  • Science, technology, and society (STS)
  • Public policy
  • Climate, meteorology, weather
  • Climate intervention
  • Museum practice
  • Earth and space history
  • Editing and publishing

Courses Currently Teaching

CourseCourse Title
ST112 AScience, Technology, and Society
ST112W AScience, Technology, and Society (Writing-intensive)
ST197 AHuman/Nature Arts and Humanities Lab
ST297 AHuman/Nature in the 21st Century
ST485 ATechnology Matters
ST486 ASenior Project: The Craft of Research

Professional Information

Series Editor, Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology
Research Associate, Smithsonian Institution
Visiting Scholar, Columbia University, 2013-
Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2006-07
AAAS Roger Revelle Fellow in Global Stewardship, 2006-07
Lindbergh Chair in Aerospace History, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, 2005-06
Founding President, International Commission on History of Meteorology meteohistory.org
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Google Scholar Profile

Current Research

Chaos Theory in Atmospheric Science
New Horizons for Women in Science: Anne Louise Beck, Joanne Simpson, and the Leading Edge of Meteorological Research and Practice, 1920-2000
History and Public Policy


The Invention of Atmospheric Science. The MIT Press, 2016.
Toxic Airs: Body, Place, Planet in Historical Perspective. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2014.
Osiris 26, Klima (2011). University of Chicago Press.
Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control. Columbia University Press, 2010.
Globalizing Polar Science. Palgrave, 2010.
"The Climate Engineers," Wilson Quarterly (Spring 2007). link


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