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Mary Jo Nye Papers

Timeline for Mary Jo Nye

1944 Mary Jo Nye is born on December 5 in Nashville, Tennessee.
1962 Enters Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
1964 Having completed two years of undergraduate studies at Vanderbilt, Nye transfers to the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
1965 Graduates from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry.
Enters the History of Science doctoral program at the University of Wisconsin.
The Vanderbilt chapter of Phi Beta Kappa elects Nye as a member.
1969 Begins a one-year term as National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oklahoma.
1970 Receives her Ph. D. from the University of Wisconsin History of Science program.
The University of Oklahoma appoints Nye Visiting Assistant Professor of History of Science.
1972 Publishes Molecular Reality: A Perspective on the Scientific Work of Jean Perrin.
1974 Awarded a one-year Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship by the University of Pittsburgh.
1975 The University of Oklahoma promotes Nye to Assistant Professor of History of Science.
1977 Nye is a Research Associate for the Office for the History of Science and Technology at the University of California, Berkeley.
1978 The University of Oklahoma promotes Nye to Associate Professor of History of Science.
1979 Nye serves as Visiting Scholar for the Office for the History of Science and Technology at the University of California, Berkeley. This is the first of six such summer stints that she will serve in the coming years.
1981 In the Spring, the University of Oklahoma History of Science Department elects Nye to position of Acting Chair.
Serves as a Member of the School of Historical Studies, and National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at The Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.
1984 Publishes The Question of the Atom: From the Karlsruhe Congress to the First Solvay Conference. 1860-1911. A Selection of Primary Sources.
1985 Promoted to Full Professor in the History of Science Department at the University of Oklahoma.
1986 Publishes Science in the Provinces: Scientific Communities and Provincial Leadership in France, 1860-1930.
The History of Science Society elects Nye Vice-President and President-Elect.
1987 Nye is Co-Director of the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship in the Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship programs at the University of Oklahoma.
Nye serves as Vice-President of the History of Science Society.
1988 In the Spring, Nye accepts a position as Visiting Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University.
Nye begins a two-year term as President of the History of Science Society.
1989 Nye is named Associate Fellow at Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, Rutgers University.
Nye completes her two-year term as President of the History of Science Society.
1991 Nye becomes the George Lynn Cross Research Professor of the History of Science at the University of Oklahoma.
The Rockefeller Foundation renews the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship in the Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship Programs at the University of Oklahoma with Nye as Co-Director.
1992 Edits The Invention of Physical Science: Intersection of Mathematics, Theology, and Natural Philosophy Since the Seventeenth Century. Essay in Honor of Erwin N. Hievbert. Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science.
1993 Serves as Chair of the History of Science Department at the University of Oklahoma.
Named Co-Director of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Program on Historical Intersections of the Biological and Social Sciences at the University of Oklahoma.
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences elects Nye as a Fellow.
Publishes From Chemical Philosophy to Theoretical Chemistry: Dynamics of Matter and Dynamics of Disciplines, 1800-1950.
1994 Nye and her husband Robert A. Nye (George Lynn Cross Research Professor of History at the University of Oklahoma) each accept a position as Thomas Hart and Mary Jones Horning Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History at Oregon State University.
Mary Jo Nye becomes a Co-Director of the Horning Endowment in the Humanities Committee.
Elected Second Vice-President of the Division of History of Science of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science.
1995 In the Spring, Nye is named By-Fellow of Churchill College and Visiting Scholar for the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge.
1996 Acts as Past By-Fellow of Churchill College at the University of Cambridge.
Before Big Science: The Pursuit of Modern Chemistry and Physics, 1800-1940 is published.
Edits The Pauling Symposium: A Discourse on the Art of Biography. Proceedings of the Conference on the Life and Work of Linus Pauling (1901-1994).
1998 Elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
1999 Acts as Visiting Scholar for the Max Planck Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte in Berlin where she returns in 200 and 2004.
Named the History of Science Society's 1999 Sarton Memorial Award Lecturer.
The American Chemical Society awards Nye the 1999 Dexter Award for Outstanding Achievement in the History of Chemistry.
2000 Named Senior Fellow at the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Visiting Scholar in the Department of History of Science at Harvard University.
Honored by the History of Science Society as its 2000 Distinguished Lecturer.
2001 The Oregon State University College of Liberal Arts honors Nye with the 2001 CLA Excellence Award.
2003 Selected for the Herbert J. Reynolds Lectureship in the History and Philosophy of Science at Baylor University.
Edits The Cambridge History of Science: The Modern Physical and Mathematical Sciences.
Nye's edited volume Modern Physical and Mathematical Sciences appears as Volume 5 in The Cambridge History of Science series.
2004 Publishes Blackett: Physics, War, and Politics in the Twentieth Century.
2005 The Académie Internationale d’Histoire des Sciences elects Nye to the position of Corresponding Member.
2006 The History of Science Society awards Nye with the 2006 Sarton Medal for Lifetime Scholarly Achievement.
2008 Nye retires from Oregon State University and takes a position as Professor Emeritus of the OSU History Department.

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