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  • WANG Zuoyue

  WANG Zuoyue

  Professor, Department of History, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

  Specialties: History of science and technology, modern science in the US and China, US Cold War science policy, recent US history, Asian/Chinese Americans in science and technology.


  1. In Sputnik’s Shadow: The President’s Science Advisory Committee and Cold War America. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2008; Paperback and Kindle 2009 (Kindle version recommended for its font flexibility). Order at RUP or Amazon; Introduction or excerpts at Google Books; fulltext from CPP Library (for CPP people only).  Reviews in Science (11/14/2008), Choice (1/2009), Endeavour (3/2009), Journal of American History (6/2009), Technology and Culture (10/2009), Isis (3/2010), American Historical Review (4/2010), and Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences (5/2010).
  2. In Sputnik’s Shadow Chinese edition: Peking University Press, 2011.
  3. Zuoyue Wang, Liu Bing, and Chen Hengliu (eds.), An Advocate for Democracy and Human Rights: Essays in Honor of Xu Liangying on His 90th Birthday. Hong Kong: Mirror Books, 2012.

  A book-in-progress on “Chinese American Scientists: A Transnational History”

  Articles and Book Chapters:

  “痛悼老同学、科学哲学家胡新和”,2013年5月13日,PDF版[“In Memory of Classmate Hu Xinhe, (1955-2013) a Chinese Philosopher of Science, May 13, 2013].

  “许良英:追求科学民主自由的一生”, 《南方周末》,2013年1月31日,D23; PDF版[“Xu Liangying: A Life of Advocacy for Science, Democracy, and Liberty,” Southern Weekend, January 31, 2013, D23.] (附:“许良英文集”和《呼唤民主与人权:贺许良英先生九十寿辰》下载网址 12

  “Mourning the Passing of My Mentor Prof. Xu Liangying” (痛悼恩师许良英先生 1920-2013), January 28, 2013.

  “Mourning the Passing of Prof. Wang Laidi” (沉痛悼念历史学家王来棣师母 1926-2012), December 31, 2012.

  “Engineering a New Space: Chinese American Scientists and Engineers in Aerospace in Southern California.” In Blue Sky Metropolis: A Century of Aerospace in Southern California, ed. Peter Westwick, 197-213. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press for Huntington Library Press, 2012.

  “Mourning the Passing of Professor Fang Lizhi” (悼念方励之老师1936-2012), April 7, 2012 (附: 许良英先生悼念方励之先生文PDF版2013年4月30-5月3日; 《方励之选集》电子版) );《方励之自传》在《世界日报》上的报道、转载

  “China, Sputnik, and American Science,” APS [American Physical Society] News 20, no. 10 (November 2011): 4, 7.  PDF version.  Chinese translation: “中国、苏联卫星和美国科学—从谢家麟的经历看中美科技关系的演化”,《现代物理知识》,2012年,第24卷第一期第15-16页。

  “Lawrence Badash,” Physics Today 64, no. 4 (April 2011): 70-71.  Co-authored by Peter Neushul.

  [“History Professor’s NSF Grant Focuses on Cold War Scientists,” February 14, 2011, Cal Poly Pomona Polycentric.]

  “‘肩住黑暗的闸门’: 我所知道的许良英老师(祝许良英老师九十寿辰),2010年8月。[“‘Taking on the Dark Gate’: In Celebration of Professor Xu Liangying’s 90th Birthday,” August 2010]

  “Transnational Science during the Cold War: The Case of Chinese/American Scientists.” Focus section on “New Perspectives on Science and the Cold War.”  Isis 101, no. 2 (June 2010): 367-377.

  “悼念赵中立老师”(在赵中立先生追思会上的书面发言),载柯遵科,“桃李不言,下自成蹊:赵中立先生追思会纪录”[pdf 版],《科学文化评论》,第7卷,2010年第三期。[“In Memory of Professor Zhao Zhongli,” Science and Culture Review 7, no. 3 (2010).]

  "China and the International Geophysical Year." In Globalizing Polar Science: Reconsidering the Social and Intellectual Implications of the International Polar and Geophysical Years, eds. Roger D. Launius, James R. Fleming, and David H. Devorkins, 143-155. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. Co-authored by Zhang Jiuchen (张九辰).

  “美国近现代科技环境政策史研究:从总统科学顾问委员会到奥巴马”,《科学文化评论》,2010年2月,第7卷第1期, 107-114页。 [“Historical Studies in American Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy: From the President’s Science Advisory Committee to Obama.” Science and Culture Review 7, no. 1 (February 2010): 107-114.]

  “Physics in China in the Context of the Cold War, 1949-1976.” In Physics and Politics, eds. Helmuth Trischler and Mark Walker, 251-276. Berlin: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2010.

  “首次国际地球物理年与一个中国的原则”,《科学文化评论》,2009年12月,第6卷第6期, 69-81页。与张九辰合著。 [“The First International Geophysical Year and the One-China Principle.” Science and Culture Review 6, no. 6 (December 2009): 69-81.  Co-authored by Jiuchen Zhang.]

  “从全球变暖看美国科技环境政策”,《光明日报》,2009年7月13日11版 (《光明日报》记者张蕾访谈。pdf版). [“American Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy: The Case of Global Warming.” An interview with Zhang Lei, Guangming Daily, July 13, 2009, p. 11.]

  “‘中国现代化进程中的科学与技术’研讨会综述,《中国科技史杂志》30卷,第2期(2009年):24-27。张藜合著.  [“A Report on the Conference on ‘Science and Technology in the Making of Modern China,’ The Chinese for the History of Science and Technology 30, no. 2 (2009): 24-27. Co-authored by Zhang Li.]  See also 予馨,“首届中国近现代科技史国际研讨会在南加召开:会议组织者、科学史家王作跃教授专访”,《城市杂志》(洛杉矶),总496期(2009年3月23-29日),12-14页。[Yu Xin, “The First International Conference on the History of Science and Technology in Modern China Held in Southern California: A Special Interview with Professor Zuoyue Wang, an Organizer of the Conference and a Historian of Science,” City Newsweek (Los Angeles), cumulative issue no. 496 (March 23-29, 2009): 12-14.] ”

  “‘学好数理化。。。’:1978年后大陆留美科学家研究”--华侨华人研究上海论坛文集》,139-148页,国务院侨务办公室政研司编,北京,中国华侨出版社,2008年出版。[“‘If You Learn Your Math, Physics, and Chemistry…’: A Historical Study of Chinese Scientists in the US since 1978.” In New Perspectives on Chinese in North America, 139-148. Beijing: Overseas Chinese Press, 2008.]   ,载《北美华侨华人新视角

  “What Can We Expect from the New [Obama] Administration?” Harvey Mudd College Magazine, Winter 2008, 16-17. Co-authored by Richard Olson. (pdf)

  “History of Science and American Science Policy.” Isis 99, no. 2 (June 2008): 365-373.  Co-authored by Naomi Oreskes.  Copyright History of Science Society and the University of Chicago Press.

  Entries in Noretta Koertge (chief. ed.), New Dictionary of Scientific Biography (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2007) (Copyright Scribner’s Sons):

    “Chien Shiung Wu” (Chinese American woman nuclear physicist)

    “Zhu Kezhen” (Chinese meteorologist and science administrator)

    “Zhao Zhongyao” (Chinese nuclear physicist)

  “Living in the Shadow of Sputnik,” San Gabriel Valley Tribune (also printed in Pasadena Star-News and Inland Valley Daily Bulletin), online version on October 3 and print version on October 4, 2007.

  Television interview on Sputnik, broadcast on Time Warner Cable-CNN Headline News Local Edition in Southern California, October 4, 2007.

  “Science and the State in Modern China.” Isis 98, no. 3 (September 2007): 558-570. Copyright History of Science Society and the University of Chicago Press.


  “当代美国科教政策的变迁: 从卫星危机到9.11 ,” 《科学时报》2007年9月4日,   B4. [“Recent Evolution of American Science and Education Policy: From the Sputnik Crisis to 9/11,” Science Times, September 4, 2007, B4.]

  “China Goes to the Poles: Science, Nationalism, and Internationalism in Chinese Polar Exploration.” In Extremes: Oceanography’s Adventures at the Poles, eds. Keith R. Benson and Helen M. Rozwadowski, 269-302. Sagamore Beach, MA: Science History Publications, 2007.  Copyright Science History Publications. Available from this www.amazon.com link. Reviews in Oceanography and Isis.

   “Restructuring.” In Storia della Scienza (history of science), v. 8, ed. Sandro Petruccioli (gen. ed.), 553-560.  Rome: Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana, 2005.  On the post-World War II international restructuring in science and technology.

  “学习科学史的心路历程,”《中国科技史杂志》, 2005年第26卷第2期176-179。[“Becoming a Historian of Science,” The Chinese Journal for the History of Science and Technology 26, no. 2 (June 2005): 176-179.]

  “为什么美国没有设立科技部?”科学文化评论》2005年第2卷第5期, 36-49页。 [“Why Has the United States Not Established a Department of Science and Technology?” Science and Culture 2, no. 5 (2005): 36-49.  Please note that this PDF file version contains corrections of minor errors present in the print version and is slightly different from it in formatting.] 

  "Saving China through Science: The Science Society of China, Scientific Nationalism, and Civil Society in Republican China." Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences 17 (2002): 291-322.  (A thematic issue on Science and Civil Society edited by Lynn K. Nyhart and Thomas Broman).  Copyright History of Science Society and University of Chicago Press.

  “Science, Technology, and Foreign Policy.” (pdf version) In Encyclopedia of American Foreign Policy: Studies of the Principal Movements and Ideas.  Eds. Alexander DeConde, et al., v. 3, 443-459. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2002.  Co-authored by Ronald Doel.  Copyright Scribner’s Sons.

  “Chinese American Scientists and U.S.-China Scientific Relations: From Richard Nixon to Wen Ho Lee.” (draft form) In The Expanding Roles of Chinese Americans in U.S.-China Relations: Transnational Networks and Trans-Pacific Interactions, eds. Peter H. Koehn and Xiao-huang Yin, 207-334. New York: M. E. Sharpe, 2002.  A Chinese translation of the book appeared in 2004: “华裔美国科学家和美中科学关系:从尼克松到李文和,” 安金辉译,孔秉德和尹晓煌编,《美籍华人与中美关系》北京:新华出版社, 2004年。

  "'Ideologically Correct' Science: French Revolution, Soviet Union, National Socialism, WWII Japan, McCarthyism, and People’s Republic of China."** In Science and Ideology: A Comparative History, ed. Mark Walker, 35-65. London and New York: Routledge, 2002.  Co- authored by Michael Gordin, Walter Grunden, and Mark Walker.  German translation appeared as "Ideologisch korrekte'  Wissenschaft: Franz?sische Revolution, Sowjetunion, Nationalsozialismus, Japan im Zweiten Weltkrieg, McCarthy-?ra, Volksrepublik China," In Uwe Ho?feld and Rainer Br?mer (eds.), Darwinismus und/als Ideologie (Berlin: Verlag für Wissenschaft und Bildung, 2001), 29-69.

  Entries for "Scientific advice to the president" (pp. 451-453), "United States House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology" (132-133), "United States Office of Naval Research" (411-412), in Marc Rothenberg (ed.), The History of Science in the United States: An Encyclopedia (New York: Garland Publishing, 2001). Copyright Garland Publishing.

  "Between the Devil and the Deep Sea: C. K. Tseng, Mariculture, and the Politics of Science in Modern China." Isis 91, no. 1 (March 2000): 59-88.  Co-authored by Peter Neushul.  Copyright History of Science Society and the University of Chicago Press.  Winner of the 2003 Derek Price/Rod Webster Prize from the History of Science Society.  See also 李虎军, “科学史家笔下的曾呈奎(pdf). 

  "US-China Scientific Exchange: A Case Study of State-Sponsored Scientific Internationalism during the Cold War and beyond." Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences 30, pt. 1 (1999): 249-277.  Copyright University of California Press.

  Entries on three physicists in American National Biography (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999): "James Brown Fisk," v. 8, 769-770; "William Houston," v. 11, 283-284; "Maria Gertrude Goeppert Mayer," v. 14, 769-770.  Copyright Oxford University Press.

  "Responding to Silent Spring: Scientists, Popular Science Communication, and Environmental Policy in the Kennedy Years." Science Communication: An Interdisciplinary Social Science Journal 19, no. 4 (December 1997): 141-163.  (2.5 mg pdf  file.) Copyright Sage Publications.

  "The Politics of Big Science in the Cold War: PSAC [President's Science Advisory Committee] and the Funding of SLAC [Stanford Linear Accelerator Center]." Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences 25, pt. 2 (1995): 329-356.  Copyright University of California Press.

  "The First World War, Academic Science, and the 'Two Cultures': Educational Reforms at the University of Cambridge." Minerva: A Review of Science, Learning, and Policy 33, no. 2 (Summer 1995): 107-127.  Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers.

  “量子力学的两个研究纲领,”《自然辩证法通讯》1991年第13卷第4期 [“The Two Research Programs of Quantum Mechanics,” Journal of Dialectics of Nature 13, no. 4 (1991): 41-49].   On the conflict between Albert Einstein-Erwin Schr?dinger's approach and that of Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg.

"James Chadwick" (20th century British nuclear physicist), in Frank N. Magill (ed.), Great Lives from History: British and Commonwealth Series (Pasadena: Salem Press, 1987), 560-564. Co-authored by L. Badash. Copyright Salem Press.



  PhD, in History, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1994

  MS, in History of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, 1985

  BS, in Physics, Henan Normal University, Xinxiang, China 1982


  Visiting Professor, Institute for the History of Natural Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, Summer 2010, Summer 2011

  Visiting Professor, Graduate University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, June 2009

  Harvey Mudd College, Hixon-Riggs Visiting Professor in Science, Technology, and Society, 2008-2009

  Cal Poly Pomona History Department, Assistant Professor, 1999-2004; Associate Professor, 2004-2008; Professor, 2008-

  UC Berkeley History Department, Visiting Lecturer, 1999

  UC Santa Barbara History Department, Visiting Lecturer, 1994-98

  UC Santa Barbara Special Collections/California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives, Manuscript Processor, 1993-1998

  Chinese Academy of Sciences Graduate School, Instructor, 1985-1986


  Professional Services

  Member, Coordinating Committee of the Forum for the History of Science in America, History of Science Society, 1999-2002

  《中国科技史杂志》编委 (Chinese Journal for the History of Science and Technology editorial board member), 2005-

  Isis Editorial Board Member, 2006-2008.

  Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences Associate Editor, 2007-

  Member of Zhu Kezhen Award Committee, International Society for the History of East Asian Science, Technology and Medicine (ISHEASTM), 2007

  Member, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) Archives and History Office Program Review Committee, 2007-

  中国国家自然科学基金会、中国科学院《科技政策译丛》学术指导委员会委员 (member, Academic Advisory Committee on a Book Series of Translations in Science and Technology Policy Sponsored by the National Natural Science Foundation of China and the Chinese Academy of Sciences), 2008-

  History of Science Society Margaret W. Rossiter History of Women in Science Prize Committee, 2008-2010 (chair for 2010).

  Vice President of the Pacific Circle, a scientific commission of the Division of the History of Science and Technology of the International Union for the History and Philosophy of Science, 2009-.

  《自然科学史研究》编委 ([Chinese] Studies in the History of Natural Sciences editorial board member), 2009-

  《自然辩证法通讯》编委 ([Chinese] Journal of Dialectics of Nature editorial board member), 2010-

  《科学文化评论》编委 (Science and Culture Review editorial board member),  2011-

  Member, History of Science Society Council, 2012-2014


  Professional Honors

  2003 Price/Webster Prize, History of Science Society.  Co-recipient with Peter Neushul.

  Visiting Fellow, Institute for the History of Natural Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, summers of 2002, 2004, and 2007.

  Hixon-Riggs Visiting Professor in Science, Technology, and Society, Harvey Mudd College, 2008-2009

  Adjunct Professorship, Henan Normal University, 2008-


  Cal Poly Pomona Services

  Member, Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Program Advisory Board, 2009-

  Member, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences RTP Committee, 2011-2012

  Member, Faculty Learning Community on “What Is a Learning-Centered University?” 2004-2007

  Member, Provost’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women in STEM Disciplines, 2007-2008

  Member, WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) Educational Effectiveness Subcommittee, 2006-2008

  President, Asian Pacific Faculty, Staff, and Student Association (APFSSA), 2007-2008



  Email: zywang@csupomona.edu

  Telephone: (909)869-3872