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
|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
|1986||Publishes Science in the Provinces: Scientific Communities and Provincial Leadership in France,
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 2000 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
|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
|2006||The History of Science Society awards Nye with the 2006 Sarton Medal for Lifetime
|2008||Nye retires from Oregon State University and takes a position as Professor Emeritus
of the OSU History Department.
Edits, with Paul Farber, Horning Endowment in the Humanities Visiting Scholar Series. Oregon State University Press. Volume I. Liba Taub. Aetna and the Moon: Explaining Nature in Ancient Greece and Rome. Preface by Mary Jo Nye. 2008.
|2011||Publishes Michael Polanyi and His Generation: Origins of the Social Construction of Science. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011, paperback edition 2013.
Receives American Association of Publishers PROSE Award Honorable Mention in Biography and Autobiography, 2011.
|2012||Receives the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry 2012 John and Martha
Morris Award for Outstanding Achievement in the History of Modern Chemistry or the
History of the Chemical Industry.
|2013||Receives Choice Magazine: CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Awards for Michael Polanyi and His Generation: Origins of the Social Construction of Science.
Awarded the Chemical Heritage Foundation Roy G. Neville Prize in Biography or Bibliography for Michael Polanyi and His Generation: Origins of the Social Construction of Science (2011).
|2015||Elected a member of the Académie Internationale d’Histoire des Sciences, (elected
Corresponding Member 2005).
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