Diana L. Kormos-Buchwald

Professor of History
B.Sc., Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, 1981; M.Sc., Tel Aviv University, 1983; A.M., Harvard University, 1985; Ph.D., 1990. Instructor, Caltech, 1989-90; Assistant Professor, 1990-96; Associate Professor, 1996-2005; Professor, 2005-.

RESEARCH AREAS

Intellectual History; Origins and Foundations of Science

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Modern History of the Physical Sciences; European Intellectual History

PROFILE

Diana Kormos-Buchwald is a historian of modern physical science whose interests span science, politics, and culture between 1895 and 1945. Her research concerns the development of scientific ideas and experiments, the textual representation of science, and controversies involving science, religion, and authority. As the director of the Einstein Papers Project, her work has focused on Albert Einstein.

The Einstein Papers Project is one of the most ambitious scholarly publishing ventures undertaken in the history of science. An international group of scholars and staff collects, transcribes, annotates, and publishes The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, which provides the first complete picture of Einstein's massive written legacy. The large-format published volumes draw upon Einstein's personal papers, held at the Albert Einstein Archives, and more than 40,000 additional Einstein and Einstein-related documents that the project's researchers discovered since the 1980s. The volumes cover topics ranging from Einstein's groundbreaking work on the special and general theories of relativity and the origins of quantum physics to his global involvement in promoting cooperation, human rights, education, and disarmament. When completed, the printed series will contain over 14,000 documents, filling nearly 30 volumes.

Kormos-Buchwald is the co-editor of the documentary edition of The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, leading the project, spearheading fundraising efforts, and running the effort to translate the papers into English. She has also had appointments at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton (1992–1993) and the Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften in Vienna (1997).Recently she was a visiting scholar at the University of Amsterdam and Boerhaave Museum in Leiden and a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (2013) and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2011).

Selected Awards: 
2013 Fellow, American Physical Society
2013 Visiting scholar, University of Amsterdam & Boerhaave Museum, Leiden
2013-16 Executive Committee Member, Forum for the History of Physics, American Physical Society
2013-16 Committee Member-at-large, section L, AAAS
2013- Nominating Committee, Association for Documentary Editing
2011 Visiting scholar, the Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
2011 Fellow, AAAS
2009 Society of Indexers, Wheatley medal for indexing excellence
1997 Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften, Vienna
1993 Graves Award
1992-93 Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
1992 Marc-Auguste Pictet Prize, Societé de physique et d’histoire naturelle, Genève
Professional Societies: 
Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies, reviewer, 2010-
Routledge Press, referee
Program Committee for the Bechtel Residence (PCBR), Caltech 2012
American Physical Society section of education, January 2012-
The Francis Bacon Prize in the History of Science, Caltech, 2011-
Board Member, Boston Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science, Kluwer, 2010-
Editorial Board Member, "Foundations" series, Princeton University Press, 2010-
Academic Freedom & Tenure Committee, 2009
Financial Aid & Scholarships Committee, 2002-2006
Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee, 2002-3; 2005-2007
Beckman Institute Fellows Committee, 2001-2004
Committee on Women in Science, 1999-2000
History of Science Society Committee on Programs & Meetings, 1998-2001
History of Science Society, Program Co-Chair, 1998
West Coast History of Science Society, Acting President 1992-1993, President 1993-1994
Institute for Advanced Study Princeton - Member of the Board of AMIAS, 1998-2010
Referee for the Book Division of the American Institute of Physics, Harvard University Press, Oxford University Press, University of Alabama Press, Perspectives on Science, Enslow, and others, 1990-; Editorial board member Science Networks
Selected Publications 

"Albert Einstein," The Oxford Encyclopedia of the History of American Science, Medicine, and Technology, 2014.

The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Vol. 14, Writings & Correspondence, 1923-1925, Documentary Original Language Edition, with annotations and introduction. Princeton University Press, in manuscript. General Editor, Editor, & Author (November 2014).

The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Vol. 14, Writings & Correspondence, 1923-1925, English language translation. Princeton University Press, in manuscript. General Editor, Translator (November 2014).

"A Note on Einstein's Scratch Notebook of 1910-1913," Diana K. Buchwald, Jürgen Renn, and Robert Schlögl, Physics as a Calling, Science for Society, ed. by Ad Maas and Henriëtte Schatz, Leiden University Press, 2013, pp.  81-89.

"Martin J. Klein 1924-2009," Diana K. Buchwald and Jed Z. Buchwald, Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences, 2011.

The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Vol. 13, Writings & Correspondence, 1922-1923, Documentary Original Language Edition, with annotations and introduction. Princeton University Press,  October  2012. General Editor, Editor, & Author.

The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Vol. 13, Writings & Correspondence, 1922-1923, English language translation. Princeton University Press, October 2012. General Editor, Translator.

Walther Nernst and the Transition to Modern Physical Sciences, Cambridge University Press, paperback edition (with corrections and revisions), March 2011.

The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Vol. 12, Correspondence 1921, Documentary Original Language Edition, with annotations and introduction. Princeton University Press, May 2009. General Editor, Editor, & Author.

The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Vol. 12, Correspondence 1921, English language translation. Princeton University Press, May 2009. General Editor, Translator.

The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Vol. 11, Cumulative Index, Bibliography etc. to Volumes 1-10. Princeton University Press, February 2009. General  Editor & Editor.

"Introduction," Einstein Due Today: Albert Einstein's First Trip to the US, by J. Illy, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006.

"Quantum Mechanics from Einstein to Heisenberg in their Later Representations: The Uses of Dialogism in Science and Art," Yyun 2007.

The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Vol. 10, Correspondence May- December 1920 and Supplementary Correspondence 1909-1920, Documentary Original Language Edition, with annotations and introduction. Princeton University Press, July 2006. General Editor & Editor.

The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Vol. 10, Correspondence May- December 1920 and Supplementary Correspondence 1909-1920,  English Language Edition. Princeton University Press, July 2006.  General Editor & Editor.

"Die Edition der Gesammelten Schriften von Albert Einstein 1955-2005,"  in Juergen Renn (ed.), Hundert Autoren fur Einstein,  Wiley-VCH, 2005, German and English editions.

"Preface," The Einstein-Born Correspondence, by Diana K. Buchwald and Kip S. Thorne, Macmillan, 2005.

The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Vol. 9, Correspondence January 1919 – April 1920, Documentary Original Language Edition, with annotations and  introduction. Princeton University Press, October 2004. General Editor & Editor.

The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Vol. 9, Correspondence January 1919 – April 1920, English Language Edition. Princeton University Press, October 2004.  General Editor. Overall responsibility for Translation; Editor.

The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Vol. 7, Writings 1918-1921. Original Language Documentary Edition. General Editor & Editor. Princeton University Press, October 2002.

Walther Nernst and the Transition to Modern Physical Sciences, Cambridge University Press, 1999. "Walther Nernst," "Wilhelm Ostwald," entries in the Encyclopedia Britannica. 2000.

"The First Scientist, the Last Magician," Science in Context 9 (1996).

"Simply a Matter of Chemistry? Walther Nernst and his Nobel Prize for 1920," Perspectives on Science 4 (2) 1994.

"The Witches' Sabbath: Walther Nernst and The First Solvay Congress," Science in Context 6 (1993): 59-82.

"A Usable Past: Creating Space for Physical Chemistry," in M.J. Nye et al. (eds.), The Invention of Physical Science. Dordrecht: Kluwer (1992): 175-202.

"How to Reach Consensus in Science: A Historical perspective on International Standards and Nomenclature ca. 1900," Archs. Sci. Genève 45 (1992): 233-245.

"Walther Nernst and Quantum Theory," in W.R. Woodward and R.S. Cohen (eds.), World Views and Scientific Discipline Formation. Dordrecht: Kluwer (1991): 151-162.

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