Prof. Bernard Lightman

Bernard Lightman is Professor of Humanities at York University (Toronto, Canada), where he is Director of the Institute for Science and Technology Studies. He is also the Editor of the History of Science Society’s flagship journal, Isis. Lightman obtained his PhD in the History of Ideas at Brandeis University in 1979. He taught at Queen's University (Kingston, Canada) and the University of Oregon before coming to York University in 1987. His research focuses on the cultural history of Victorian science, including the rise of unbelief and science and religion in the popularization of science. His Origins of Agnosticism (Johns Hopkins, 1987) has become the standard work on the history of agnosticism. Lightman is general editor of a monograph series titled "Science and Culture in the Nineteenth Century," published by Pickering and Chatto. He is currently working on a biography of John Tyndall and is one of the editors of the John Tyndall Correspondence Project, an international collaborative effort to obtain, digitalize, transcribe, and publish all surviving letters to and from Tyndall. Lightman was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada last November.

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