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Titles of Ph.D. Theses Successfully Defended, 1967-2016

Abounader, Brooke: Model Selection and Experiment Design: Case Studies and How They Relate. (2012)

Abraham, Tara H.: Microscopic Cybernetics: Mathematical Logic, Automata Theory, and the Formalization of Biological Phenomena, 1936-1970. (2000)

Archibald, W. Thomas: “Eine sinnreiche Hypothese”: Aspects of Action-at-a-Distance Electromagnetic Theory, 1820-1880. (1987)

Arima, Katherine S.: Model and Mechanism in Quantum Physics: A Historical and Philosophical Analysis of Systems Represented by Harmonic Oscillators. (1977)

Arnold, David H.: The Mecanique Physique of Simeon Denis Poisson: The Evolution and Isolation in France of His Approach to Physical Theory, 1800-1840. (1978)

Ball, Norman R.: The Technology of Settlement and Land Clearing in Upper Canada Prior to 1840. (1979)

Barseghyan, Hakob: A Theory of Scientific Change. (2012)

Belanger, Christopher: On Philosophical Problems in the Foundations of Chaos Theory. (2015)

Boantza, Victor: Styles of Experimental Reasoning in Early Modern Chemistry. (2008)

Bocking, Stephen A.: Environmental Concerns and Ecological Research in Great Britain and the United States, 1950-80. (1992)

Bolinska, Agnes: Epistemic Representation in Science and Beyond. (2015)

Bowler, Peter J.: The Impact of Theories of Generation upon the Concept of a Biological Species in the Last Half of the 18th Century. (1971)

Brysse, Keynyn: The Burgess Shale: A Cambrian Mirror for Modern Evolutionary Biology. (2008)

Burns, John C.: Networking Ohio Valley Archaeology in the 19th Century. (2006)

Campbell, Scott: The Premise of Computer Science: Establishing Modern Computing of the University of Toronto, 1945-1964. (2006)

Christopoulos, John: Abortion in Late-Renaissance Italy. (2013)
Cormack, Lesley B.: Non Sufficit Orbem: Geography as an Interactive Science at Oxford and Cambridge, 1580-1620. (1988)

Cronin, Marionne H.: Flying the Northern Frontier: The Mackenzie River District and the Emergence of the Canadian Bush Plane, 1929-1937. (2006)

De Jager -Seerveld, Timothy F.: G.R. Treviranus, 1776-1837, and the Biology of a World in Transition. (1990)

de Vecchi, Vittorio M.G.: Science and Government in 19th Century Canada. (1978)

Durant, Darrin: Burying Nuclear Waste, Exposing Nuclear Authority: Canada’s Nuclear Waste Disposal Concept and Expert-Lay Discourse. (2008)

Earnshaw-Whyte, Eugene: Modeling Evolution. (2012)

Ede, Andrew G.: Colloid Chemistry in North America, 1900-1935: The Neglected Dimension. (1993)

Elwick, James: Compound Individuality in Victorian Biology, 1830-1872. (2004)
England, Richard K.: Aubrey Moore and the Anglo-Catholic Assimilation of Science in Oxford. (1997)

Enros, Philip C.: The Analytical Society: Mathematics at Cambridge University in the Early 19th Century. (1979)

Everson, Theodore W.: Genetics and Health in Context: Genome Research Funding and the Construction of Genetic Disease. (2006)

Fedunkiw, Marianne P.: Dollars and Change: The Effect of Rockefeller Foundation Funding on Canadian Medical Education at the University of Toronto, McGill University, and Dalhousie University. (2000)

Feke, Jacqueline: Ptolemy in Philosophical Context: A Study of the Relationships Between Physics, Mathematics, and Theology. (2009)

Foster, Adam J.: The Human Mind and the Perception of Nature: Ideas, Judgement and Signs in Thomas Reid and Early Modern Philosophy. (2003)

Fraser, Craig Graham: The Approach of Jean d’Alembert and Lazare Carnot to the theory of a Constrained Dynamic System. (1981)

Fulda de la Garza, Fermin Cristobal: Natural Agency: An Ecological Approach. (2016)

Garciadiego Dantan, Alejandro Ricardo: Bertrand Russell and the Origin of the Set-Theoretic Paradoxes. (1983)

Gass, Gillian L.: Managing Marine Life: Scientific and Practical Work at Two British Marine Stations, 1884-1902. (2006)

Gavrus, Delia: Men of Strong Opinions: Identity, Self-representation and the Performance of Neurosurgery, 1919-1950. (2011)

Gee, Teri: Strategies of Defending Astrology: A Continuing Tradition. (2012)
Gil-Riano, Sebastian: Historicizing Anti-racism: UNESCO’s Campaigns Against Race Prejudice in the 1950’s. (2014)

Good, Gregory: J.F.W. Herschel’s Optical Researches: A Study in Method. (1982)

Greenham, Paul: A Concord of Alchemy with Theology: Isaac Newton’s Hermeneutics of the Symbolic Texts of “Chymistry” and Biblical Prophecy. (2015)

Gross, Ari: Form and Function: Seeing, Knowing, and Reasoning with Diagrams in the Practice of Science. (2013)

Hamilton, Vivien: Establishing Authority: The Role of Physics in the Development of Radiology in Canada, Britain, and the United States, 1896-1928. (2012)

Hamm, Elizabeth Anne: Ptolemy’s Planetary Theory: An English Translation of Book One, Part A of the Planetary Hypotheses with Introduction and Commentary. (2011)

Hamm, Ernst P.: Goethe on Granite. (1990)

Harris, Martha L.: The physico-chemical nature of the chemical bond: valence bonding and the path of physico-chemical emergence. (2007)

Hilbert, Fr. Martin: Pierre Duhem and Neo-Thomist Interpretations of Physical Science. (2000)

Hill, Katherine L.: The Evolution of Concepts of the Continuum in Seventeenth Century Mathematics. (1996)

Hoffman, Michelle: Constructing School Science: Physics, Biology and Chemistry Education in Ontario High Schools, 1880-1940. (2013)

Hubbard, Jennifer M.: An Independent Progress: The Development of Marine Biology on the Atlantic Coast of Canada, 1898-1939. (1993)

Jarrell, Richard A.: The Life and Scientific Work of the Tubingen Astronomer Michael Maestlin, 1550-1631. (1972)

Jenkins, Jane E.: Matter and Vacuum in Robert Boyle’s Natural Philosophy. (1996)

Jones, Charles V.: The Concept of ONE as a Number. (1978)

Jongsma, Calvin L.: Richard Whately and the Revival of Syllogistic Logic in Great Britain in the Early Nineteenth Century. (1983)

Jurkowitz, Edward P.: Interpreting Superconductivity: The The History of Quantum Theory and the Theory of Superconductivity and Superfluidity, 1933-1957. (1995)

Keelan, Jennifer E.: The Canadian Anti-Vaccination Leagues, 1872-1892. (2004)
Keyser, Barbara W.: Victorian Chromatics. (1992)

Kichigina, Galina: Nineteenth-Century Physiology in the Making: Introducing Western
European Experimentalism to the Russian Context. (2002)

Kingsland, Sharon E.: Modelling Nature: Theoretical and Experimental Approaches to Population Ecology, 1920-1950. (1981)

Koo, Alexander: Mathematical Explanation in Science.(2015)

Kriger, Sarah: Fighting Ghosts, Playing Whist, and Fencing with Fire: Three Technologies of Illusion in Performance in Nineteenth-century London. (2012)

Kröker, Kenton: From Reflex to Rhythm: Sleep, Dreaming, and the Discovery of Rapid Eye Movement, 1870-1960. (2000)

Krumins, Andris V.: Symmetry, Conservation Laws and Theoretical Particle Physics, 1918-1979. (1999)

Langins, Janis: The Ecole Polytechnique, 1794-1804: From Encyclopedic School to Military Institution. (1979)

Lawrence, Susan C.: Science and Medicine at the London Hospitals, 1750-1815: The Development of Teaching and Research. (1985)

Lazenby, Jill A.: Climates of Collaboration: Interdisciplinery Science and Social Identity. (2002)

LeBlanc, Andre: On Hypnosis, Simulation, and Faith: Post-Hypnotic Suggestion in France, 1884-1896. (2000)

Lehoux, Daryn: Parapegmata or, Astrology, Weather, and Calendars in the Ancient World. (2000)

Li, Alison: J.B. Collip and the Making of Medical Research in Canada. (1992)

Liu, Patricia: Building Networks: The Engagement of Science Writers, Corporate Funders, and Non-expert Scientists in the Prion Controversy, 1982-1997. (2011)

Lockett, Wilfred G.: Jacob Leupold and the Theatrum Mechinarum. (1994)
Lucas, Matthew J.W.: Bridging A Cultural Divide: Strengthening Similarities and Managing Differences in University-Industry Relationships. (2005)

Lukens, David C.: An Aristotelian Response to Galileo: Honor Fabri, S.J., on the Causal Analysis of Motion. (1979)

Lusk, Greg: Quantifying Nature: Epistemology for Climate Science.(2015)

Martinsen, Hanna: Fashionable Chemistry: The History of Printing Cotton in France in the Second Half of the Eighteenth and First Decades of the Nineteenth Century. (2015)

McGee, David B.: Floating Bodies, Naval Science: Science, Design and the Captain Controversy, 1860-1871. (1994)

McNally, Donald H.: Science and the Divine Order: Law, Idea and Method in William Whewell’s Philosophy of Science. (1982)

McOuat, Gordon R.: Species, Names and Things, from Darwin to the Experimentalists. (1992)

McRae, Sandra F.: The “Scientific Spirit” in Medicine at the University of Toronto, 1880-1910. (1987)

Miller, Boaz: A Social Theory of Knowledge. (2011)

Monaldi, Daniela: The Fate of the Mesotron. The Rome Experiment on the Nuclear Absorption of Hard Cosmic Rays. (2005)

Moore, Gregory H.: Zermelo’s Axiom of Choice: Its Origins and Role in the Development of Mathematics, 1821-1940. (1979)

Moore, Rebecca: Living Inventions: Genetically Modified Organisms and the Canadian Patent System, 1976-2004.(2015)

Nickerson, Sylvia: Paper Index of the Mind: The Book and Printed Culture of Mathematics in England and Canada, 1830-1930. (2014)

Nielsen, Janet: Private Knowledge, Public Tensions: Theory commitment in postwar American linguistics. (2009)

Nunn, Robin: How Do We Know What is the Best Medicine? From laughter to the limits of biomedical knowledge. (2011)

Ochs, Kathleen H.: The Failed Revolution in Applied Science: Studies of Industry by Members of the Royal Society of London, 1660-1668. (1981)

Olley, Allan: Just A Beginning: Computers And Celestial Mechanics In The Work Of Wallace J. Eckert. (2011)

Olshin, Benjamin B.: A Sea Discovered: Pre-Columbian Conceptions and Depictions of the Atlantic Ocean. (1993)

Pantalony, David A.: Rudolph Koenig,1832-1901, Hermann Von Helmholtz (1821-1894) and the Birth of Modern Acoustics. (2002)

Paskauskas, R. Andrew: Ernest Jones: A Critical Study of his Scientific Development, 1896-1913. (1986)

Pavri-Garcia, Vera: Technological Doublespeak”: Metaphors, Public Policy and the Development of Canada’s First Domestic Communications Satellite System, 1966-1970. (2005)

Petersen, James O.: The Origins of Canadian Gold Mining: The Part Played by Labor in the Transition from Tool Production to Machine Production. (1977)

Rabinovitch, Nachum L.: Probability and Statistical Inference in Ancient and Medieval Jewish Literature. (1971)

Ramsingh, Brigit: The History of International Food Safety Standards and the Codex Alimentarius, 1955-1995. (2011)

Record, Isaac: Knowing Instruments: Design, Reliability, and Scientific Practice. (2012)

Reitan, Eric A.: Galileo and the Principle of Interia: An Historical and Philosophical Investigation into the Origin and Development of the Law of Inertia. (1986)

Rousseau, Jean-Jacques: Science as Creole: A Case Against Incommensurability. (2015)

Schabas, Margaret L.: William Stanley Jevons and the Emergence of Mathematical Economics in Britain. (1983)

Scharf, Sara T.: Identification keys and the natural method: the development of text-based information management tools in botany in the long 18th century. (2007)

Sidoli, Nathan: Ptolemy’s Mathematical Approach: Applied Mathematics in the Second Century. (2004)

Slater, Ian: Scale and Safety in the Canadian Nuclear Industry. (2003)

Stewart, Larry: Whigs and Heretics: Science, Religion and Politics in the Age of Newton. (1978)

Stoklosa, Anna: The Concept of Evidence in Health Technology Assessments (2013)

Stuart, Michael: Thought Experiments in Science.(2015)

Thicke, Michael: Science-Market Analogies: A Philosophical Examination.(2016)

Tomory, Leslie: Progressive Enlightenment: The Origins of the Gaslight Industry, 1780-1820. (2009)

Turner, Jonathan: The Defence Research Board of Canada, 1947 to 1977. (2012)

Varma, Charissa: Beyond Set Theory: The Relationship between Logic and Taxonomy from the Early 1930 to 1960.(2013)

Virdi-Dhesi, Jaipreet: From the Hands of Quacks: Aural Surgery, Deafness, and the Making of a Surgical Specialty in 19th Century London.(2014)

Wall, Byron E.: The Context and Reception of Freud’s Topographical Theory of Mind in British and American Philosophical Psychology, 1890-1925. (1977)

Walton, Steven A.: The Art of Gunnery in Renaissance England. (1999)

Weidenhammer, Erich: Air, Disease, and Improvement in Eighteenth-Century Britain: Sir John Pringle, 1707-1782.(2014)

Wiedemer, Jenene: Anesthesia and Entertainment: Nitrous Oxide in Nineteenth Century America (2006)

Woiak, Joanne D.: Drunkeness, Degeneration, And Eugenics in Britain, 1900-1914. (1998)

Worthen, Shana: The Memory of Medieval Inventions, 1200-1600: Windmills, Spectacles, Mechanical Clocks, and Sandglasses. (2006)

Wright, Aaron: More than Nothing: Histories of the Vacuum in Theoretical Physics, 1927-1981.(2014)

Wright, Katharine C.: Being Human in Postwar American Thought and Culture: A History from the Cybernetic Perspective. (2002)


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