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Project overview

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Project overview

Parent projects: Wikipedia:WikiProject History and Wikipedia:WikiProject Science

This project focuses on creating and improving content related to the history of science, science studies, STS, HPS, etc. This includes the philosophy of science, as well as history of technology, mathematics and medicine. The project also focuses on improving the categorization of History of Science-related articles and maintaining Portal:History of science.

To do

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To do

Main : Writing and Editing needs, Other suggested projects, Open tasks.
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Articles for deletion

Proposed deletions

Categories for discussion

Good article nominees

Peer reviews

Articles to be merged

  • 08 Mar 2019 – Historical climatology ( · edit · hist) is proposed for merging to Historical impacts of climate change by NewsAndEventsGuy (t · c); see  · edit · hist) is proposed for splitting by Dewritech (t · c); see  · edit · hist) is proposed for splitting by Rhododendrites (t · c); see  · contribs) -- general history of science, ancient to modern
  • Intwizs (talk · contribs) -- Background: B.E in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Anna University ; Interests: global and societal impact of engineering
  • LupusMundani (talk · contribs) -- cosmology, physics
  • Ragesoss (talk · contribs) -- physical sciences, biological sciences, technology
  • dantheox (talk · contribs)
  • Xuanwu (talk · contribs)
  • Fastfission (talk · contribs) -- esp. modern physical and biological sciences
  • Linas (talk · contribs) -- limited to history of physics
  • Karol Langner (talk · contribs)
  • Pjacobi (talk · contribs)
  • Laurascudder (talk · contribs) -- history of physics and medicine
  • Heron (talk · contribs)
  • Ancheta Wis (talk · contribs)
  • Chaiken (talk · contribs) -- physics, materials science, electrical engineering
  • Kripkenstein (talk · contribs) -- history of philosophy and science in the Middle Ages
  • Eric Forste (talk · contribs) -- History of chemistry
  • AppleRaven (talk · contribs) -- US Astronomy and Astronomical Observatories
  • deeptrivia (talk · contribs) -- mechanics, physics, engineering, thermodynamics, mathematics. I'll also help ensure that the perspective remains global rather than Eurocentric.
  • Tonymaric (talk · contribs)
  • DonSiano (talk · contribs) -- Industrial Revolution
  • Petaholmes (talk · contribs) -- biology esp. botany and genetics
  • Gihan Jayaweera (talk · contribs) -- biology esp. botany and zoology and endemics of Sri Lanka
  • Samsara (talk · contribs) -- biology, esp. translations of German articles
  • Intranetusa (talk · contribs) -- religion and science, fundamentalism & the creationist/intelligent design wave as a challenge to science
  • Joke137 (talk · contribs) -- cosmology, particle physics, general relativity. I don't know much, but I do what I can.
  • JackyR (talk · contribs) -- whatever I can remember from college HPS, but I might be good on local Cambridge stuff.
  • KSchutte (talk · contribs) -- history of natural philosophy, psychology, neuroscience
  • Peterlewis (talk · contribs) -- history of engineering
  • redcalx (talk · contribs)
  • Lacatosias (talk · contribs) -- history of physics, math, logic.
  • Cugel (talk · contribs) -- psychology (anything to do with the scientific discipline)
  • Leinad-Z (talk · contribs) -- esp. medieval science, and the relationship between science and religion.
  • Sayeth (talk · contribs) -- biology, esp. neuroscience and molecular biology
  • Carboxen (talk · contribs) -- history of chemistry and geology, translations from German
  • Maestlin (talk · contribs) -- astronomy to Kepler/Galileo, Sci. Revolution, religion and science
  • Apwoolrich (talk · contribs) -- History and biography of historic mechanical engineering and invention; Industrial Revolution; Admin on Wikisource
  • Deditos (talk · contribs) -- Meteorology, climatology, oceanography and bits of other Earth science.
  • IanWills (talk · contribs) -- Engineering related including invention and the history of technology. Particularly interested in Edison and late nineteenth century American inventors.
  • Ricochet17 (talk · contribs) -- genetics, history of science 17th-19th centuries
  • SOPHIA (talk · contribs) -- History of astronomy, telescope manufacturers and astrophysics
  • Wijnand (talk · contribs) -- History of mathematics and its applications in technology, mainly 19th century
  • MikeMorley (talk · contribs) -- History of physics, mostly - will work elsewhere if can contribute. Undergrad Physicist, 'minored' in History and Philosophy of Science in 2nd year.
  • Beland (talk · contribs) -- Studied STS at MIT.
  • Dumarest (talk · contribs) -- M.D. Ph.D. biochemistry, research career in Sickle Cell Disease, now retired, and with time on my hands.
  • Sina2 (talk · contribs) -- Mathematics, Computing, Information
  • SteveMcCluskey (talk · contribs) -- History of Astronomy, Archaeoastronomy, Medieval Science
  • Goclenius (talk · contribs) -- natural philosophy, esp. 17th century and late Aristotelian; mathematics
  • General Eisenhower (talk · contribs)
  • Museumfreak (talk · contribs) -- HCI/informatics/history of computing, history of anthropology, science technology society, history of public health
  • TheGodEmperor (talk · contribs) -- limited mid-HS knowledge, but will help if I can
  • TedE (talk · contribs) -- PhD in statistics, currently teaching genetics.
  • Alexei Kouprianov (talk · contribs) -- PhD in History of Science, history of natural history, science in Russia. Background: M.Sc. biology.
  • Science History (talk · contribs)
  • WillowW (talk · contribs) -- Sincere dilettante; enjoys translating old texts
  • Bwi410 (talk · contribs)
  • Reswik (talk · contribs) -- science studies / sociology of science
  • Rusty Cashman (talk · contribs) -- Biology, Paleontology
  • hapagrrl1 (talk · contribs) -- MA in Victorian Studies
  • Curtius (talk · contribs) -- Ancients
  • Bakterius (talk · contribs) -- Computer Science, Psychology, Translation (en,de,es)
  • Jpbowen (talk · contribs) -- Science museums, history of computing
  • Fred.e (talk · contribs) -- review as reader of science; know a bit of fringe stuff; NPOV
  • Aleta (talk · contribs) -- esp. geology (which I didn't see listed in the navbar!?)
  • Eperotao (talk · contribs) -- MA zoology, excellent general knowledge of biology, biology writer/editor
  • Brassratgirl (talk · contribs) -- librarian in a science & engineering library; working on sources for historical scientist biographies (my notes)
  • Shyamal (talk · contribs) -- biology, natural history, science ...
  • Albie34423 (talk · contribs)
  • Anonymous Dissident (talk · contribs)
  • Carcharoth (talk · contribs) -- history and philosophy of science, chemistry, physics, biographies
  • davimre (talk · contribs)-- scientific and musical instruments, open source communities, the economic sociology of taste
  • Grimhelm (talk · contribs) -- Working on ancient and medieval Science, and History of science in China at the moment; especially providing citations to articles.
  • Quarl (talk · contribs)
  • Madcoverboy (talk · contribs) -- Working on United States technological and industrial history and History of MIT, BS Mechanical Engineering & BS STS
  • Michelferrari (talk · contribs) -- Ph.D. in Psychology
  • Thony C. (talk · contribs)-- history and philosophy of science and mathematical sciences 1400 to 1700
  • GeoWriter (talk · contribs) -- geology, volcanoes
  • Reddi (talk · contribs) -- Most history, Western and Middle East; Weak on Asian
  • Ruud Koot (talk · contribs) -- History of mathematics
  • D.H (talk · contribs) -- History of special relativity, aether, and experiments.
  • Sdsds (talk · contribs) -- History of spaceflight science
  • MarcoTolo (talk · contribs)
  • AlphaEta (talk · contribs) -- History of microbiology and molecular biology
  • Maias (talk · contribs) -- Natural history and palaeontology of SE Asia and Australasia
  • Insomniduck (talk · contribs) -- history of science and technology, especially astrophysics & biological sciences; also interested in science & women/law/religion
  • Bryce268 (talk · contribs) -- History of technology, mathematics, engineering
  • Macdonald-ross (talk · contribs) 21:50, 31 July 2007 (UTC) — History of biology, evolution, biography of major figures
  • dhaluza (talk · contribs)
  • Bulldog123 (talk · contribs) history of engineering, interest in pseudosciences, though not exactly an expert in either
  • djsmitherman (talk · contribs) philosophy of science, evolution of human consciousness
  • Gavantredoux (talk · contribs) Francis Galton; Richard Burton; Cyril Burt; Cyril Darlington; History of Behaviour Genetics and Differential Psychology, especially the London School.
  • Notafly (talk · contribs) -- History of entomology, biography of major figures
  • Luca Borghi (talk · contribs) -- History of Medicine and other health-related subjects
  • Michael Daly (talk · contribs) -- History of scientific instruments, particularly in astronomy, navigation and surveying
  • MrBrumby (talk · contribs) -- Medicine, Education and related subjects
  • Lsisson (talk · contribs) -- Disease and Medical History / Evolution / Military Technology
  • Jfdwolff (talk · contribs) -- History of modern medicine
  • Piotrus (talk · contribs) - Historiography, sociology
  • Shannon_bohle (talk · contribs) - archivist/academic; history of molecular biology, manned spaceflight, space medicine
  • Acnadwe (talk · contribs) - History of biology / Agricultural history
  • ScepticalChymist (talk · contribs) - 16th to 19th century chemistry.
  • MasterOfHisOwnDomain (talk) 11:00, 6 January 2008 (UTC) - History of Medicine (Prehistoric to 20th century)
  • Wloveral (talk · contribs) -- History of zoology and exploration
  • JTBurman (talk · contribs) -- History of psychology and biology, Historiography
  • Bwwm (talk · contribs) -- History of technology, 18th and 19th century science
  • Dr Dendro (talk · contribs)- physical science
  • Paulrach (talk · contribs) -- Interests in chemistry, and general sciences. Science education.
  • Espresso Addict (talk · contribs) -- 19th century medicine, history of biomedical publishing
  • Davidlud (talk · contribs) -- History of biology, psychology, computer science, sexology
  • Pgrapi (talk · contribs) -- History of chemistry, history of science and education
  • JohnnyCalifornia (talk · contribs) -- History of the scientific method, evolution, neuroscience, medicine, psychology.
  • A.C. Norman (talk · contribs) -- Physics, British science
  • Tsourkpk (talk · contribs) -- science of ancient civilizations
  • Awickert (talk · contribs) -- Pre-20th-century science, especially natural science, focusing on the 19th century, the Middle Ages, and ancient times
  • DavidCBeck (talk · contribs) -- history of science, medicine, and travel literature from 16th to 18th centuries, philosophy of history.
  • Ceramufary (talk · contribs) -- History of Biology, especially developmental and evolutionary biology.
  • Carpe Carpio (talk · contribs) -- History of scientific institutions, societies, and communities. 18th century
  • DAIVID MAKAU -- Physical sciences, biochemistry, organic and inorganic chemistry sciences
  • Dave souza (talk · contribs) -- Darwin, his colleagues and his predecessors.
  • Sasata (talk · contribs) -- Mycology
  • Arjen Dijksman (talk · contribs) -- Physics, physicists quotes
  • Ian Pitchford (talk · contribs) -- Historiography, evolutionary biology, physics, geology, chemistry.
  • Physchim62 (talk · contribs) -- Chemistry, physical science in general, particular interest in the development of the "atomic hypothesis" in the XIX century
  • Pyrotec (talk · contribs)
  • Max Vorwlicth (talk · contribs) -- History of physical sciences, nuclear sciences, computing, technology, science and media. 20th century.
  • Terry0051 (talk · contribs) -- Astronomy, mathematical astronomy, time, technology.
  • Ansi (talk · contribs)
  • Freekra (talk · contribs) -- History of medicine, history of psychiatry.
  • 7kingis (talk · contribs)
  • Marcipangris (talk · contribs) -- chemistry
  • Thparkth (talk · contribs) -- Biographies of great scientists and engineers, communications and data processing technology 1700 - 2000
  • Shinryuu (talk · contribs) -- biology and biomedical sciences; 19th and early 20th century British and German scientists, esp. biologists and physiologists
  • jnl_chemist (talk · contribs) -- History of materials science and related fields (e.g. crystallography, solid state chemistry/physics, mineralogy)
  • RockMagnetist (talk · contribs) -- Geophysics and magnetism
  • Rursus (talk · contribs) -- Relation between science and religion, science and philosophy (from a historical perspective)
  • Jacqueshb (talk · contribs) -- Entomology: bibliography and systematic
  • Brothercanyouspareadime (talk · contribs) -- General XXth Century intellectual history; integration of modern physics models and Western psychotherapies with Eastern spiritual traditions. Toulmin, Feyerabend, John Wheeler; Manhattan project/Truman/Japanese survivors witness; disarmament
  • Al-Andalusi (talk · contribs) -- History of Islamic science
  • FESmitty77 (talk · contribs) -- Darwin, Battlefield Medicine
  • Zachariel (talk · contribs) -- History of Astronomy, Archaeoastronomy, Medieval Science
  • Grapplequip (talk · contribs) -- Science biographies, neuroscience, philosophy of science, ethology, evolutionary biology, sociobiology, anthropology
  • Carstensen (talk · contribs) -- biochemistry, Rosalind Franklin, Maurice Wilkins, Linus Pauling
  • J8079s (talk · contribs)
  • Rhododendryn (talk · contribs) -- geology & historical geology.
  • ARG1900 (talk · contribs)
  • callum.sutherland (talk · contribs) -- history of astronomy
  • Ed Poor (talk · contribs) -- controversies over who discovered what first; and ideas which gained quick acceptance only to be shown to be pseudoscience later or vice versa: great ideas stalled for decades or more by stubborn traditionalists
  • adh30 (talk · contribs) -- history of medicine; history of physiology
  • Skywalker7799 (talk · contribs) --Just your normal smart middle schooler who loves science
  • Dr SPWright (talk · contribs) -- history & philosophy of medicine, neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry, biological and social sciences
  • sweart1 (talk · contribs) -- history of modern physics, esp. nuclear and climate
  • wikimafiacapo (talk · contribs) -- biology, biochemistry, evolutionary biology, neuroscience, anthropology, geology, sociobiology
  • Trillig (talk · contribs) Trillig (talk) 14:56, 27 February 2013 (UTC)
  • Ajrocke (talk · contribs) -- history of chemistry, nineteenth century, Germany, France, Great Britain
  • Girona7 (talk · contribs) -- all areas of science, especially contributions of female scientists
  • Doctree (talk · contribs) -- Bird geek so birds, ornithology and related topics
  • Chiswick Chap (talk · contribs) -- Natural history
  • Kristephanie (talk · contribs) -- also philosophy of science
  • Persian Aviator (talk · contribs) History of science such as physics, mathematics, astronomy & medicine in land of Persia & Iran.
  • Cdhobbs9 (talk · contribs)Cdhobbs9 (talk) 02:17, 14 September 2013 (UTC) History of the origin of the earth, Astronomy, Meteorology, marketing and advertising.
  • Morphovariant (talk · contribs)
  • Hypatia137 (talk · contribs) history of astronomy and astrology, history of science in Islamic contexts, history of women in science
  • aanovick (talk · contribs) -- history of biology, current focus on the quinarian system
  • Jummals (talk · contribs)
  • Qxukhgiels (talk · contribs)-anything assoiciated with the major branches of science, especially in relation to space science.
  • Staticshakedown (talk · contribs)
  • Apidium23 (talk · contribs) Ancient non-western science, history of evolutionary thought.
  • SoSivr (talk · contribs) history of mathematics+logic
  • Umasankar28493 (talk · contribs) Automobile engineering, Thoughts on the nature of universe, Quantum physics
  • Dan Koehl (talk · contribs) middle schooler with interest in Zoos, aquariums and Zoology
  • Drianmcdonald (talk · contribs) Early modern phlogistic medicine.
  • Libertybison (talk)
  • Zeromonk (talk · contribs) anything really, but esp. human sciences (e.g. medicine, psychological science, etc.), twentieth century science, women in science
  • Histofscience (talk · contribs) history and philosophy of medicine
  • Iazyges (talk · contribs) Mostly Roman stuff
  • Piterkeo (talk · contribs) -- mostly biological sciences, especially biographies of naturalists
  • Universe&u (talk · contribs) Mostly physics.
  • labelpuppet (talk · contribs) to learn while editing, history of logic and science in general
  • karlpoppery (talk · contribs) the invention of doubt
  • MarcMyWords (talk · contribs) history of technology & its impacts on society, history of psychology, ancient science, pre-history science and other non-classical forms of understanding reality
  • SweetPotatoes (talk · contribs)
  • F0rbin (talk · contribs) -- Optical physics
  • Template:Usermccapra interested in the Scientific Revolution, esp. Galileo and his contemporaries
  • 189311w (talk · contribs)
  • Mathmitch7 (talk · contribs) Grad student in STS, focusing on Engineering Studies
  • RaptorChief (talk) 05:26, 1 February 2018 (UTC)
  • Biochemlife (talk) 14:42, 5 May 2018 (UTC) women in science, biochemistry, biophysics, chemistry, structural biology, molecular biology
  • User: DiasporaCryptid
  • W559 (talk) 17:47, 14 December 2018 (UTC)
  • Sir Manny of Chester (talk · contribs) -- History of Medicine, Biology, Miliary Weapons
  • Utl_jung (talk · contribs) Histories surrounding diabetes; human anatomical illustrations 16C-19C; patent medicine

Current goals

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Current goals

Current goals for the project include:

Possible projects

Suggest something for participants to work on. Older suggestions will be archived; to see what work others have requested, go to the /Projects subpage.

Categorization and media

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Categorization and media

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  • List of all subpages of this page
  • Wikipedia: Monitor the broad history of science categories and keep them clean by replacing overly broad categories with more specific ones.
  • Commons: Ensure that history of science-related images are properly categorized, especially in relevant history of science subcategories. Many history of science images are very poorly categorized, making it very difficult to find all the files on a given topic actually present.
  • Wikisource: Upload public domain content related to the history of science and ensure that existing content is properly categorized. There is currently very little marked history of science content on Wikisource.

Writing and editing

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Writing and editing

In need of expansion

Requested articles

  • List of Colleges that offer History of Science Major
    I am working on this --Morphovariant (talk) 19:14, 2 February 2014 (UTC)
    I have created List of colleges and universities offering history of science programs --Morphovariant (talk) 00:56, 18 February 2014 (UTC)

Missing scientist

Missing scientist articles

Nils Eckholm - associated with early studies of CO2 and climate change

Robert L. Hill - biochemist, Duke University http://www.asbmb.org/uploadedfiles/aboutus/asbmb_history/past_presidents/1970s/1976hill.html should be correct object of link on page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_participants_in_the_Evolving_Genes_and_Proteins_symposium

Edith M. Taylor (1899-1993) - researcher at Connaught Laboratories (ctrl+f in article for context and relevant references). She made key contributions to the development of the diphtheria toxoid and tetanus toxoid. Find bio info at Museum of Healthcare at Kingston biographies.

Peter J. Moloney (1891-1989) - researcher at Connaught Laboratories (ctrl+f in article for context and relevant reference). He made key contributions to the development of insulin production methods and the diphtheria toxoid. Bios available here and here.



  • Would this be "Aristotle's views on what we today call physics"? We have an article on Aristotle's Physics but I'm not sure that's what is meant. --Fastfission 18:31, 7 February 2006 (UTC)
  • As in (I assume), the system of physics based on Aristotle's work, that was common in some form basically until Newton. Natural motion, natural place and the elements, violent motion, etc.--ragesoss 21:12, 8 February 2006 (UTC)
  • Aristotelian Mechanics (maybe just one of these, I'm not sure of the relationship)
Just one, I think; the main separation in Aristotle seems to be life sciences/physics Maestlin 08:01, 12 March 2006 (UTC)
If the distinction is between Aristotelian natural philosophy (based on the Physics, Generation and corruption, Meteora and the biological works) and the tradition based on the Problemata mechanica attributed to Aristotle (and the various pseudo-Problemata that appeared in the Medieval period), then I think that separate pages are historically justified. —Goclenius 03:16, 8 May 2006 (UTC)
  • Gravity theory
I think we need to separate Gravity from Gravity theory, but I'm not at all an expert on this. KSchutte 19:14, 12 March 2006 (UTC)
  • The page has been created and is currently being developed. I have just added the WikiProject History of Science template to the talk page and would appreciate it if someone could add a rating to the importance scale. -- Zac Δ talk! 10:13, 8 September 2011 (UTC)
There needs to be an entire new section on how emerging technologies can effect the commercial market, society and other historical events. I'm not sure where this belongs. But I state why I found this page.
Blue lasers capable of reading at higher data compression where developed, and then as a result the media market shifts from dvd to blue ray. Record to tape, VHS to DVD. Ships and Railways to Airplanes. Bronze to Iron. I mean really important stuff. Where to put it all.
The history pages relate history, the history of technology pages just talk about the technology of the time. But there isn't any page which singles out, defines, or attempts to summarize events where technological advancement was the primary source of constructive or distruptive, commerical or social change. Where's that page? Am I just not finding it?--Sparkygravity (talk) 14:20, 21 February 2008 (UTC)

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