I received my M.A. and Ph.D. in the History of Science from the University of California Berkeley. I am presently in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. Previously, I held the ERA Land-Grant Chair in History of Technology and was Director of the Charles Babbage Institute at the University of Minnesota. I have also directed the Bradbury Science Museum of the Los Alamos National Laboratory and conducted research in the History of Engineering Program at Texas Tech University. I teach and investigate the history of science and technology in the 19th and 20th centuries, ranging from industrial chemistry to modern particle accelerators, computers, and high-energy lasers. I am currently working on a study of the application of computing to science in federal laboratories, a history of technology transfer, and the history of chemical engineering. My other interests include history of science in museums, and the history of military technology.
A History of the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. Vol. 1. Lawrence and His Laboratory (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990).
Los Alamos and the Making of the Atomic Bomb (Los Alamos: Otowi Press, 1995).
"Golden Anniversaries: The 50th Anniversaries of National Labs." Osiris 14 (2000): 187-202.
"The National Laboratories of the Atomic Energy Commission in the early Cold War." Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences 32 (2001): 145-162.
"Government and the Emerging Computer Industry." pp. 189-202 in From 0 to 1: An Authoritative History of Modern Computing, eds. Atsushi Akera and Frederik Nebeker (Oxford University Press, 2002).