Postdoctoral Fellows

The Center for History of Physics sponsors a post-doctoral researcher for a 3-year term. The historian undertakes original research and publication, conducts oral history interviews, provides content for the Center newsletter and website, and assists our reference staff by providing historical expertise.

Alex Wellerstein is the post-doctoral historian for 2011–2014. He obtained his Ph.D. in the History of Science from Harvard University in 2010, and received his BA in History from UC Berkeley in 2002. His work is on the history of nuclear weapons, specifically the history of nuclear secrecy in the United States. He runs Restricted Data: The Nuclear Secrecy Blog and is the creator of the NUKEMAP nuclear weapons effects simulator. In May 2012, he wrote an article for Physics Today on scientists who attempted to derive the "secrets" of the atomic bomb just after World War II — with troublesome results.

Past post-doctoral researchers at the Center for History of Physics include:

  • Gabriel Henderson
  • Teasel Muir-Harmony
  • Alex Wellerstein
  • G. William Thomas
  • Babak Ashafri
  • W. Patrick McCray
  • Alexei Kojevnikov
  • Ron Doel
  • Finn Aaserud
  • David DeVorkin