The evolution of ideas in physics and chemistry has come under Mary Jo Nye’s scrutiny in the history of science.
As art relies on color and line, much of science stems from chemistry and physics. These two disciplines stand at the heart of technical advances that define modern life. For OSU science historian Mary Jo Nye, they have also been key to understanding the nature of science over the past 200 years.
Nye’s scholarship, reflected in eight books and many journal articles, received her discipline’s highest honor in 2006 when the History of Science Society presented her with the Sarton Medal, awarded annually for lifetime achievement.
Nye is the Thomas Hart and Mary Jones Horning Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History. "It’s somewhat daunting to receive a ‘lifetime achievement’ award, since I’m not ready to call it a day," Nye says.
In presenting the award, Alan Rocke, a professor at Case Western Reserve University, cited her contributions to the history of modern European and American physics and chemistry and the social and political relations of science.