Roger H. Stuewer

roger stuewer

Roger H. Stuewer

Professor Emeritus, School of Physics and Astronomy


John T. Tate Hall
Room 130-31
116 Church Street Se
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1968

M.S., University of Wisconsin, 1964

B.S., University of Wisconsin, 1958

Professional Background

  • Member, Vienna International Summer University Program Committee, 1999-2017
  • Member, Archive for History of Exact Sciences Editorial Board, 1989-2016
  • Editor, American Journal of Physics Resource Letters, 1978-2015
  • Member, Bakken Library and Museum Board of Directors, 1980-2014
  • Co-Founder and Co-Editor, Physics in Perspective, 1997-2013
  • FHP Councilor, American Physical Society, 2006-09
  • Chair, Seven Pines Symposium Advisory Board, 1995-2007
  • Assistant Professor - Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota, 1967-2000
  • Chair, APS Division and Forum on the History of Physics, 1986-88, 1998-99
  • Pieter Zeeman Visiting Professor, University of Amsterdam, 1998
  • President, Minnesota Chapter of Sigma Xi, 1995-96
  • Chair, AAAS Section on History and Philosophy of Science, 1993-94
  • Chair, Commission on History of Modern Physics, International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science, 1993-94
  • Member and Chair, AIP Advisory Committee on History of Physics, 1978-93
  • Founder and Director, Program in History of Science and Technology, 1972-1989
  • Austrian Ministry Visiting Professor, Universities of Vienna and Graz, 1989
  • Member, Science, Technology, and Human Values Editorial Board, 1977-87
  • Volkswagen Foundation Visiting Professor, Deutsches Museum, Munich, 1981-82
  • Member, U.S. National Committee for the International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science, 1974-80
  • Member, American Studies Association Council, 1976-79
  • Secretary and Editor of Newsletter, History of Science Society, 1972-78
  • Honorary Research Associate, Harvard University, 1974-75
  • Associate Professor, Boston University, 1971-72

Scientific & Professional Societies

Fellow, American Council of Learned SocietiesFellow, American Association for the Advancement of ScienceFellow, American Physical SocietyFellow, American Association of Physics Teachers
Research Interests

History of quantum and nuclear physics prior to the Second World War within their institutional, social, and political contexts, and the role of history of physics in physics teaching.

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, American Council of Learned Societies
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Fellow, American Physical Society
  • Fellow, American Association of Physics Teachers
  • Distinguished Service Citation, American Association of Physics Teachers, 1990
  • George Taylor Distinguished Service Award, University of Minnesota, 1990
  • Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer, 1997-99
  • APS Centennial Speaker, 1998-99
  • APS-AIP Abraham Pais Prize for History of Physics, 2013
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Department of Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2014
  • American Association of Physics Teachers Homer L. Dodge Distinguished Service Citation, 2016


  1. The Age of Innocence: Nuclear Physics between the First and Second World Wars, (Oxford University Press, 2018)
  2. The Compton Effect: Turning Point in Physics, (Science History Publications 1975)
  3. Nuclear Physics in Retrospect, (University of Minnesota Press 1979)
  4. Artificial Disintegration and the Cambridge-Vienna Controversy, MIT Press, Observation, Experiment, and Hypothesis in Modern Physical Science (1985)
  5. The Origin of the Liquid-Drop Model and the Interpretation of Nuclear Fission, Perspectives on Science (1994)
  6. Historical Surprises, Science and Education (2006)
  7. Einstein’s Revolutionary Light-Quantum Hypothesis, The Photon: Its First Hundred Years and the Future (2006)
  8. The Seventh Solvay Conference: Nuclear Physics, Intellectual Migration, and Institutional Influence, Intellectual and Organizational Innovation in Science: Historical and Sociological Perspectives (2013)