As its name implies, the Research Institute for the History of Science and Technology (RIHST) at Caltech and The Huntington focuses on researching the history of science and technology. This collaboration aims to make the most of what each institute is best at: Caltech's expertise in science and The Huntington's extensive historical archives and status as a premiere research library. The joint program, which launched in 2019, is directed by Jed Z. Buchwald, the Doris and Henry Dreyfuss Professor of History, with Daniel Lewis, the Dibner Senior Curator of the History of Science and Technology at The Huntington and lecturer in history at Caltech, serving as associate director.
RIHST has continued to build momentum each year, as new researchers and initiatives allow for the exploration of new topics. The theme for the 2021–2022 academic year focuses on the nature and development of early modern science, especially in the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Anthony Grafton, the Henry Putnam University Professor of History at Princeton University, joins the institute as this year's senior scholar.
The first three years of programming were made possible by a gift from Stephen E. Rogers, a member of The Huntington's Board of Governors and former president of the Caltech Associates.
Jed Z. Buchwald
RIHST Director; Doris and Henry Dreyfuss Professor of History
Associate Director, RIHST; Lecturer in History, Caltech; Dibner Senior Curator of the History of Science and Technology, The Huntington
RIHST Fellow 2021-2022; Henry Putnam University Professor of History, Princeton University
Margaret E. Gaida
Postdoctoral Instructor in Early Modern Natural Philosophy