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Seymour Mauskopf, Professor, History and Director, Focus Interdisc Prgms

Contact Info:
Office Location:  226 Classroom Building
Office Phone:  (919) 684-2581
Email Address: send me a message


Ph.D.Princeton University1966
M.A.Princeton University1963
ABCornell University1960
B.A.Cornell University1960

Intellectual History
Research Interests:

Current projects: I am an "enthusiastic" pianist in both classical and show-tune/jazz repertoire.

My research interests in the history of science have been quite varied over the years; they include the history of chemistry and allied sciences in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries (Crystals and Compounds, 1976), the history of chemical technology, focusing on munitions and explosives (most recently, "Bridging Chemistry and Physics in the Experimental Study of Gunpowder," in Holmes and Levere, Instruments and Experiments in the History of Chemistry, 2000), and the history of parapsychology and marginal science (The Elusive Science: Origins of Experimental Psychical Research, with Michael R. McVaugh, 1980). I have edited two books reflective of these different interests: The Reception of Unconventional Science (1979) and Chemical Sciences in the Modern World (1993).


History • Science • Parapsychology • Chemistry • Marginal Science

Postdocs Mentored

  • Christopher Carter (2003 - present)  
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Pellets, Pebbles and Prisms: Suiting Black Powder For Scaled-Up Guns in English Munitions, 1860-1880, in Gunpowder: The History of an International Technology, Vol. 2 (in press), edited by Brenda Buchanan (Accepted, 2006)
  2. S. Mauskopf, "A History of Chirality,", in Chiral Analysis, edited by Kenneth W. Busch and Marianna A. Busch (Accepted, in press), Elsevier
  3. S. Mauskopf, "Biogaphy of J.-L. Proust", in Encyclopaedia Britannica (Accepted, in press)
  4. S. Mauskopf, "Biographies of Frederick Augustus Abel, Heinrich Debus, and Frederick Field, in Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century British Scientists, edited by Bernard Lightman (Accepted, in press)
  5. S. Mauskopf, "Chemistry in the Arsenal: State Regulation and Scientific Methodology of Gunpowder in Eighteenth-Century England and France ,”, in The Heirs of Archimedes: Science and the Art of War through the Age of Enlightenment, Dibner Institute Studies in the History of Science and Technology, edited by Brett D. Steele & Tamera Dorland (2005), pp. 293-330, MIT Press

I was the first Edelstein International Fellow in the History of Chemical Sciences and Technology (Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania, and The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 1988-1989). In spring, 2000, I was the Price Fellow at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia. In 1998, I received the Dexter Award for Outstanding Contributions to the History of Chemistry from the American Chemical Society. I have held grants from the National Science Foundation and from the Hagley Museum.