Peter Galison

Peter Galison

Pellegrino University Professor of the History of Science and of Physics
Affiliate of Visual and Environmental Studies

In 1997 Galison was awarded a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship; won a 1998 Pfizer Award (for Image and Logic) as the best book that year in the History of Science; and in 1999 received the Max Planck and Humboldt Stiftung Prize. His books include How Experiments End (1987), Image and Logic (1997), Einstein's ClocksPoincaré's Maps (2003), and Objectivity (with L. Daston, 2007)—he has worked extensively with de-classified material in his studies of physics in the Cold War. His film on the moral-political debates over the H-bomb, "Ultimate Weapon: The H-bomb Dilemma" (2000)  (44 minutes, with Pamela Hogan) has been shown frequently on the History Channel and is widely used in courses. With Robb Moss, he directed "Secrecy" (2008, 81 minutes) which premiered at Sundance, and, also with Moss, recently completed "Containment" (2015, premiered at Full Frame) —  about the need to guard radioactive materials for the 10,000 year future. Galison collaborated with South African artist, William Kentridge, on a multi-screen installation, "The Refusal of Time" (2012).  He is now finishing a book, "Building Crashing Thinking" about the back and forth between the self and modern technologies.