Spencer Weart

Spencer Weart is an historian of science who has written extensively on the history of climate science and other topics. He was trained as a physicist (B.A. Cornell University, PhD. University of Colorado, Boulder) and worked as a Fellow of the Mt. Wilson and Palomar Observatories, publishing papers in leading scientific journals. He then went to the University of California, Berkeley to study history of science. From 1974 until his retirement in 2009 Spencer served as Director of the Center for History of Physics at the American Institute of Physics, an institution dedicated to preserving and making known the history of physics and related disciplines.

Among his numerous published works are a history of the rise of nuclear science and technology in France; a collection of essays on the history of solid-state physics; The Rise of Nuclear Fear, and The Discovery of Global Warming with its complementary website.

Outside of Science: Spencer enjoys photography and travel to exotic places.