MacArthur Fellows Program

Jed Z. Buchwald

Historian of Science | Class of 1995

Historian of Science
Cambridge, Massachusetts
46 at time of award
Published July 1, 1995

About Jed's Work

Jed Buchwald examines the history of science in terms of its great ideas and the figures who generate them.

In his 1994 book, The Creation of Scientific Effects, Buchwald investigates Heinrich Hertz’s revolutionary discoveries concerning electric waves, and the often-problematic connection he and other physicists encounter in the relation of theory to experiment.  Buchwald is co-editor, with Henk Bos of the University of Utrecht, of the journal Archive for History of Exact Sciences.  He also serves as editor of the series Archimedes: New Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology.  He is working on a book that examines the reception in nineteenth-century Paris of a zodiac purloined from the temple of Dendera on the Nile.  Another recent project concerns Isaac Newton’s attempt to restructure ancient chronology.


Buchwald is the Doris and Henry Dreyfuss Professor of History at the California Institute of Technology.  He served previously as the director of the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1992-2001) and as the director of the Institute for the History of Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto (1974-1992).

Buchwald received a B.A. (1971) from Princeton University, and an M.A. (1973) and a Ph.D. (1974) from Harvard University.

Last updated January 1, 2005

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