My name is Gary L Cameron, PhD
My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
My campus address is
210 Physics Hall, Ames, IA 50011
Astronomical history is my passion. In addition to my research, I preserve, restore and repair historic telescopes and spyglasses. My research interests include the history of science education; the use of history in STEM education in informal learning contexts; innovative astronomy and physics teaching practices; the development of telescopes and other scientific instruments; science popularization; and twentieth-century European and U.S. pseudoscience. I am collecting and processing oral histories of astronomers for the Oral History Project of the American Astronomical Society's History of Astronomy Division. The project is funded by the American Institute of Physics. The Niels Bohr Library and Archives with the Center for History of Physics will be transcribe, preserve, and publish the oral histories on the internet. I have taught college-level astronomy for fifteen years. My academic teaching experience includes courses in the history of science, the evolution of technology, the history of popular culture, Western civilization, American history, and the American frontier. In the summers of 2012 and 2013 I taught physics to talented and gifted junior high and high school students for the ISU CY-TAG program. In “Perfecting ‘A Sharper Image’: Telescope-Making and the Dissemination of Technical Knowledge, 1700-1820,” which appeared in the Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, I discuss the factors which influenced the quality of telescopes produced by for-profit artisans in contrast to those produced by amateur "gentleman-philosophers." My article, “A Collision of World Views: ‘Alternative Cosmologies’ and Science Popularization in the International Political Context,” is currently under revision. It deals with the reaction of American and Western European astronomers to astrology and pseudoscientific theories, such as those of Velikovsky. I also write institutional histories and historical biographies. I have written entries on Charles S. Hastings, Alvan Clark and Sons, William Augustus Norton, George Willis Ritchey, and James Gilbert Baker for The Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomy. My manuscript, Forging the Future: The History of Engineering at Iowa State University, brings to life the people, disciplines, and public service that have combined in engineering education at the University since 1868. It’s an enjoyable and scholarly work combining pictures and text to tell the story of the changes in engineering teaching and research at ISU through various eras of American and Iowa history. I completed my PhD in History of Technology and Science at Iowa State University in 2010. My dissertation, Public Skies: Telescopes and the Popularization of Astronomy in the Twentieth Century, examined amateur of astronomical communities in the U.S., Europe, and Japan and telescope making from the 1800s to the 1960s in relation to science, technology, popular culture, and economics. My service and outreach activities include serving on the council of the Midwest Junto for the History of Science. I am also a long-time member of the Antique Telescope Society, the American Astronomical Society’s Historical Astronomy Division, and the History of Science Society. Some of my other memberships include the Society for the History of Technology, the American Historical Association, the American Association for State and Local History, the National Council for Public History, the Iowa Museum Association, and the Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium. As a professional public historian I have experience in museum and archival work, living history program design, exhibit design and fabrication, historic preservation, and architectural history and restoration. I have provided training on many topics in public history, conservation, and preservation. My own training includes many areas of preservation and conservation, such as historic paint analysis, restoration and repair of historic furniture, and restoration and repair of historic windows.