Gordon Cain Conference

The Gordon Cain Conference is an annual conference for scholars in the history of science and related fields.


Centered on a topic chosen by the conference organizer, the conference consists of an evening public lecture, a symposium, and a collected volume. It is hosted by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry and supported by a generous gift from Gordon Cain.

Past Conferences, 1998−2018

2018

Where to Put It All? Some Thoughts about Collections, Museums, and History
Organized by Steven Conn, Miami University
 

2017

Chemistry in the Americas, 1500–1800
Organized by John Christie, University of Oxford, and Carin Berkowitz, Science History Institute

My Data, My Self: A Century of Self-Tracking Health Technologies
Organized by Deanna Day, Amanda L. Mahoney, and Ramya M. Rajagopalan, Science History Institute
 

2016

Life in the Universe: Past and Present
Organized by David DeVorkin, National Air and Space Museum
 

2015

Curators, Popularizers, and Showmen: Science in Nineteenth-Century Anglo-American Exhibitions and Museums
Organized by Bernard Lightman, York University
 

2014

Chemical Reactions: Chemistry and Global History
Organized by Lissa Roberts, University of Twente
 

2013

Sensing Change: Environmental Issues in Art and Science
Organized by Dehlia Hannah, Arizona State University
 

2012

E pluribus unum: Bringing Biological Parts and Wholes into Philosophical Perspective
Organized by Lynn Nyhart, University of Wisconsin–Madison, and Scott Lidgard, Field Museum of Natural History
 

2011

Chemical Weather and Chemical Climate: Body, Place, Planet in Historical Perspective
Organized by Jim Fleming, Colby College
Read the collected volume.
 

2010

Personalizing Medicine Here and Now: Empirical Studies of Post-Genomic Medicine
Organized by Alberto Cambrosio, McGill University
 

2009

Technology Transfer and Diffusion in Comparative Perspective
Organized by Bruce Seely, Michigan Technological University
 

2008

The Dilemma of Dual Use
Organized by Roy MacLeod, University of Sydney
 

2007

New Chemical Bodies
Organized by Jody A. Roberts, Science History Institute
Read the whitepaper.
 

2006

Towards a History and Philosophy of Expertise
Organized by Christopher Hamlin, University of Notre Dame
 

2005

Nano before There Was Nano: Historical Perspectives on the Constituent Communities of Nanotechnology
Organized by Cyrus C. M. Mody, Cornell University
 

2004

City, Industry, and Environment in Transatlantic Perspective
Organized by Donna Rilling, State University of New York at Stony Brook
 

2003

Risk and Safety in Medical Innovation
Organized by Arthur Daemmrich, Cornell University

2002

Industry and Governance: Changing Relations among Science-Based Corporations, Government, and the Public
Organized by Arthur Daemmrich, Cornell University
 

2001

The Chemical Industry and the Environment
Organized by Christian W. Simon, University of Basel, Switzerland
 

1999

Pharmaceutical Innovation: Revolutionizing Human Health
Organized by David B. Sicilia, University of Maryland
 

1998

The Twentieth-Century American Chemical Industry
Organized by Stephen B. Adams, Lucent Technologies