Profile profile for warnerd
M.A., Harvard University
B.S., University of Chicago
History of science and technology, especially scientific instruments.
Current Projects: Developing online catalogs of the navigational and geophysical instruments in the Smithsonian collections.
Past Projects: Online catalog of the surveying and geodetic instrument in the Smithsonian collections.
- History of Science Society
- Society for the History of Technology
A brush with history October 31, 2022
Historic helium sample surfaces at Smithsonian July 28, 2021
Souvenirs of science April 15, 2018
Dotchin or "opium scale"—What's in a name? July 21, 2017
Weighing the baby July 10, 2017
George Washington weighs his hogs June 15, 2017
Explore our historic weights and balances for World Standards Day October 12, 2016
Pork, politics, and public health July 11, 2016
Sea-side microscopy, a favorite 19th century summer hobby August 7, 2015
The oldest microscope in the museum May 13, 2015
Are these John Wilkes Booth's field glasses? July 7, 2014
The statesman and the chemist: Thomas Jefferson and Joseph Priestley February 6, 2014
Benjamin Franklin and his silver teapot January 16, 2014
“Political Geodesy: the Army, the Air Force, and the World Geodetic System of 1960,” in Annals of Science 59 (2002): 363–389.
“From Tallahassee to Timbuktu: Cold War efforts to measure intercontinental distances,” in Historical Studies in the Physical Sciences (2000): 393–415.
Instruments of Science. An Historical Encyclopedia with Robert Bud Deborah Warner, eds., (London and New York, 1998).