About Me

I'm a historian of science and technology living in Pasadena, California. I completed a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1998, with a dissertation on the development of aircraft landing aids.

Most of my work since has been at the intersection of science and technology in the later 20th century, and mostly related to aerospace. For the last few years I've been working on a history of Mars exploration, which will be published in 2015 by Johns Hopkins University Press. I've also been publishing about the history of climate science.

Prior to graduate school, I served as an officer in the U.S. Navy for four years, serving as a Damage Control Assistant and Acting Chief Engineer on a tank landing ship, and then as an operations officer for COMPHIBRON ONE in San Diego, CA.

I downhill ski (mostly at the wonderful Mammoth Mountain in California, though I love Alta too), and scuba dive (that's me to the left in all the swank neoprene). I have a 60 gallon coral reef aquarium in my living room. I used to whitewater kayak (a blue Dagger Redline hangs on my bedroom wall), but haven't run a river in many years. I occasionally make up for that loss with a whitewater rafting trip, most recently on the Tully River in Australia and the American River in California.


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