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Zuoyue Wang




Professor, Department of History, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA 91768; Office phone: (909)869-3872; email: zywang at csupomona.edu.


Specialties: History of science and technology, modern science in the US and China, US Cold War science policy, recent US history, Asian/Chinese Americans in science and technology.

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Course Links:

HST 202 US History since 1865;  (Reviews #1, 2, 3, 4)
HST 300 History MethodsHST 347 US History since 1945  
HST 408 History of American Science and TechnologyHST 423 Modern Science in World HistoryHST 461 and 462 Senior Thesis (Portal on Senior Thesis)
HST 499 Weapons of Mass DestructionHST 501 Advanced History MethodsHST 561 Readings in Modern U.S. HistoryBUS/CLS 362, 452, 482 Cal Poly Pomona China Summer 2005STS 179 US Science Policy (HMC Fall 2008)
STS 179 Science and Society in Modern China (HMC Spring 2009)
History of Modern American Science and Technology (GUCAS 2009)
Introduction to the History of Modern Science and Technology in the West 现代方科技史导IHNS 2010科技命与美国现代化 Science, Technology, and Modernization in US History (IHNS 2011)History of Modern American Science and Technology (UCAS 2013)


Citation Style and Tips on Writing; Tips on Writing Essay Exams; University CalendarLinks on Primary Sources in US History and History of Science and TechnologySample Topics and Resources for HST 408, 423, and 461Sample Senior ThesesSample Master’s ThesesGrade Appeals Policy and ProceduresLinks to Other Useful Papers and Sites


In Sputnik’s Shadow: The President’s Science Advisory Committee and Cold War America. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2008;Paperback and Kindle 2009 (Kindle version recommended for its font flexibility). Order at RUP or Amazon;Introduction or excerpts at Google Books; fulltext from CPP Library (for CPP people only).  Reviews inScience (11/14/2008), Choice(1/2009), Endeavour (3/2009),Journal of American History (6/2009),Technology and Culture (10/2009),Isis (3/2010), American Historical Review (4/2010), and Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences(5/2010).


王作《在卫星的影下美国总统科学委员会与冷战中的美国》北京大学出版社2011。中国国家然科学基委员会、中国科学《科学技术政策丛》。简介、目录、文版书 (pdf)

In Sputnik’s Shadow Chinese edition: Peking University Press, 2011. 



Zuoyue Wang, Liu Bing, and Chen Hengliu (eds.),An Advocate for Democracy and Human Rights: Essays in Honor of Xu Liangying on His 90th Birthday.Hong Kong: Mirror Books, 2012.


A book-in-progress on “Chinese American Scientists: A Transnational History”

Miscellaneous Publications in English  

Book Reviews

Conference Presentations and Invited Talks

Relevant Publications and Reports by Others

Articles and Book Chapters:

The Cold War and the Reshaping of Transnational Science in China,” in Naomi Oreskes and John Krige (eds.), Science and Technology in the Global Cold War (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, in press, forthcoming in 2014). On the Bacon conference at Caltech in May 2010, on which this volume is based, see Matthew Shindell, “How the Cold War Transformed Science,” History of Science Society Newsletter, October 2010.

Engineering a New Space: Chinese American Scientists and Engineers in Aerospace in Southern California.” In Blue Sky Metropolis: A Century of Aerospace in Southern California, ed. PeterWestwick, 197-213. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press for Huntington Library Press, 2012.

 “China, Sputnik, and American Science,” APS [American Physical Society] News 20, no. 10 (November 2011): 4, 7.  PDF version.  Chinese translation: “中国、卫星和美国科学从家的经历看中美科技关系的演化《现代物理知》2012年第24卷第一期第15-16

Lawrence Badash,” Physics Today 64, no. 4 (April 2011): 70-71.  Co-authored by Peter Neushul.

[“History Professor’s NSF Grant Focuses on Cold War Scientists,” February 14, 2011, Cal Poly Pomona Polycentric.]

 “Transnational Science during the Cold War: The Case of Chinese/American Scientists.” Focus section on “New Perspectives on Science and the Cold War.”  Isis 101, no. 2 (June 2010): 367-377.

"China and the International Geophysical Year." In Globalizing Polar Science: Reconsidering the Social and Intellectual Implications of the International Polar and Geophysical Years, eds. Roger D. Launius, James R. Fleming, and David H. Devorkins, 143-155. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. Co-authored by Zhang Jiuchen (张九).

美国现代科技环境政策史研究从总统科学委员会到奥巴,《科学文化》20102月第7卷第1, 107-114 [“Historical Studies in American Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy: From the President’s Science Advisory Committee to Obama.” Science and Culture Review 7, no. 1 (February 2010): 107-114.]

Physics in China in the Context of the Cold War, 1949-1976.” In Physics and Politics, eds. Helmuth Trischler and Mark Walker, 251-276. Berlin: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2010.

次国地球物理年与一个中国的原则,《科学文化》200912月第6卷第6, 69-81。与张九合。 [“The First International Geophysical Year and the One-China Principle.” Science and Culture Review 6, no. 6 (December 2009): 69-81.  Co-authored by Jiuchen Zhang.]

从全球变暖看美国科技环境政策,《光明日报》200971311(《光明日报》张。pdf). [“American Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy: The Case of Global Warming.” An interview with Zhang Lei, Guangming Daily, July 13, 2009, p. 11.]

中国现代化程中的科学与技术’研会综,《中国科技史杂志》30卷第2200924-27。张合.  [“A Report on the Conference on ‘Science and Technology in the Making of Modern China,’ The Chinese for the History of Science and Technology 30, no. 2 (2009): 24-27. Co-authored by Zhang Li.]  See also 予“届中国现代科技史国研会在南加召开会组织、科学史家王作教授专”《城市杂志(洛杉矶)4962009323-2912-14[Yu Xin, “The First International Conference on the History of Science and Technology in Modern China Held in Southern California: A Special Interview with Professor Zuoyue Wang, an Organizer of the Conference and a Historian of Science,” City Newsweek (Los Angeles), cumulative issue no. 496 (March 23-29, 2009): 12-14.]

“‘学好数理化。。。1978年后大留美科学家研究  《北美华侨华人新--华侨华人研究上海坛文》139-148国务侨务办公室政研司编北京中国华侨出版社2008年出版。[“‘If You Learn Your Math, Physics, and Chemistry…’: A Historical Study of Chinese Scientists in the US since 1978.” In New Perspectives on Chinese in North America, 139-148. Beijing: Overseas Chinese Press, 2008.]

What Can We Expect from the New [Obama] Administration?” Harvey Mudd College Magazine, Winter 2008, 16-17. Co-authored by Richard Olson. (pdf)

History of Science and American Science Policy.” Isis 99, no. 2 (June 2008): 365-373.  Co-authored by Naomi Oreskes.  Copyright History of Science Society and the University of ChicagoPress.

Entries in Noretta Koertge (chief. ed.), New Dictionary of Scientific Biography (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2007) (Copyright Scribner’s Sons):

            “Chien Shiung Wu” (Chinese American woman nuclear physicist)

            “Zhu Kezhen” (Chinese meteorologist and science administrator)

            “Zhao Zhongyao” (Chinese nuclear physicist)

Living in the Shadow of Sputnik,” San Gabriel Valley Tribune (also printed in Pasadena Star-News and Inland Valley Daily Bulletin), online version on October 3 and print version on October 4, 2007.

Television interview on Sputnik, broadcast on Time Warner Cable-CNN Headline News Local Edition in Southern California, October 4, 2007.

Science and the State in Modern China.” Isis 98, no. 3 (September 2007): 558-570. Copyright History of Science Society and the University of Chicago Press.


当代美国科教政策的变: 从卫星危机到9.11 ,” 科学时报200794,   B4. [“Recent Evolution of American Science and Education Policy: From the Sputnik Crisis to 9/11,” Science Times, September 4, 2007, B4.]

China Goes to the Poles: Science, Nationalism, and Internationalism in Chinese Polar Exploration.” In Extremes: Oceanography’s Adventures at the Poles, eds. Keith R. Benson and Helen M.Rozwadowski, 269-302. Sagamore Beach, MA: Science History Publications, 2007.  Copyright Science History Publications. Available from this www.amazon.com link. Reviews inOceanography and Isis.

 “Restructuring.” In Storia della Scienza (history of science), v. 8, ed. Sandro Petruccioli (gen. ed.), 553-560.  Rome: Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana, 2005.  On the post-World War II international restructuring in science and technology.

学习科学史的心历程,”《中国科技史杂志》, 2005年第26卷第2176-179[“Becoming a Historian of Science,” The Chinese Journal for the History of Science and Technology 26, no. 2 (June 2005): 176-179.]

为什么美国没有立科技?”科学文化2005 2卷第5, 36-49 [“Why Has the United States Not Established a Department of Science and Technology?” Science and Culture 2, no. 5 (2005): 36-49.  Please note that this PDF file version contains corrections of minor errors present in the print version and is slightly different from it in formatting.] 

"Saving China through Science: The Science Society of China, Scientific Nationalism, and Civil Society in Republican China." Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences 17 (2002): 291-322.  (A thematic issue on Science and Civil Society edited by Lynn K. Nyhart and Thomas Broman).  Copyright History of Science Society andUniversity of Chicago Press.

Science, Technology, and Foreign Policy.” (pdf version) In Encyclopedia of American Foreign Policy: Studies of the Principal Movements and Ideas.  Eds. Alexander DeConde, et al., v. 3, 443-459. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2002.  Co-authored by Ronald Doel.  Copyright Scribner’s Sons.

Chinese American Scientists and U.S.-China Scientific Relations: From Richard Nixon to Wen Ho Lee.” (draft form) In The Expanding Roles of Chinese Americans in U.S.-China Relations: Transnational Networks and Trans-Pacific Interactions, eds. Peter H. Koehn and Xiao-huang Yin, 207-334. New York: M. E. Sharpe, 2002.  A Chinese translation of the book appeared in 2004: “华美国科学家和美中科学关系从尼克松到李文和,” 安孔秉德和尹晓煌编,《美籍华人与中美关系》北京新华出版社 2004年。

"'Ideologically Correct' Science: French Revolution, Soviet Union, National Socialism, WWII Japan, McCarthyism, and People’s Republic of China."** In Science and Ideology: A Comparative History, ed. Mark Walker, 35-65. London and New York: Routledge, 2002.  Co- authored by Michael Gordin, Walter Grunden, and Mark Walker.  German translation appeared as "Ideologisch korrekte'  Wissenschaft: Französische Revolution, Sowjetunion, Nationalsozialismus, Japan im Zweiten Weltkrieg, McCarthy-Ära, Volksrepublik China," In Uwe Hoßfeldand Rainer Brömer (eds.), Darwinismus und/als Ideologie (Berlin: Verlag für Wissenschaft und Bildung, 2001), 29-69.

Entries for "Scientific advice to the president" (pp. 451-453), "United States House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology" (132-133), "United States Office of Naval Research" (411-412), in Marc Rothenberg (ed.), The History of Science in the United States: An Encyclopedia (New York: Garland Publishing, 2001). Copyright Garland Publishing.

"Between the Devil and the Deep Sea: C. K. Tseng, Mariculture, and the Politics of Science in Modern China." Isis 91, no. 1 (March 2000): 59-88.  Co-authored by Peter Neushul.  Copyright History of Science Society and the University of Chicago Press.  Winner of the 2003 Derek Price/Rod Webster Prize from the History of Science Society.  See also 李军, “科学史家笔下的曾呈奎(pdf). 

"US-China Scientific Exchange: A Case Study of State-Sponsored Scientific Internationalism during the Cold War and beyond." Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences 30, pt. 1 (1999): 249-277.  Copyright University of California Press.

Entries on three physicists in American National Biography (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999): "James Brown Fisk," v. 8, 769-770; "William Houston," v. 11, 283-284; "Maria GertrudeGoeppert Mayer," v. 14, 769-770.  Copyright Oxford University Press.

"Responding to Silent Spring: Scientists, Popular Science Communication, and Environmental Policy in the Kennedy Years." Science Communication: An Interdisciplinary Social Science Journal 19, no. 4 (December 1997): 141-163.  (2.5 mg pdf  file.) Copyright Sage Publications.

"The Politics of Big Science in the Cold War: PSAC [President's Science Advisory Committee] and the Funding of SLAC [Stanford Linear Accelerator Center]." Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences 25, pt. 2 (1995): 329-356.  Copyright University of California Press.

"The First World War, Academic Science, and the 'Two Cultures': Educational Reforms at the University of Cambridge." Minerva: A Review of Science, Learning, and Policy 33, no. 2 (Summer 1995): 107-127.  Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers.

子力学的两个研究纲,”《然法》1991年第13卷第4 [“The Two Research Programs of Quantum Mechanics,” Journal of Dialectics of Nature 13, no. 4 (1991): 41-49].  On the conflict between Albert Einstein-Erwin Schrödinger's approach and that of Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg. 

"James Chadwick" (20th century British nuclear physicist), in Frank N. Magill (ed.), Great Lives from History: British and Commonwealth Series (Pasadena: Salem Press, 1987), 560-564. Co-authored by L. Badash. Copyright Salem Press.


Media Appearances


Sputnik Moments: Science and Technology Policy from Eisenhower to Obama” (starting 36m:00s) and “Science Policy Roundtable,” Conference on “Ike Reconsidered,” jointly sponsored by Hunter College Roosevelt House-Eisenhower Foundation, New York, March 7, 2013.

港电台电台《华人移民史山客》第五“二次世界大战与战年代”(其中有我介绍学森在美国扣留的历史)2012525日拍摄2012915 日播放 (Radio Television Hong Kong, History of Chinese Immigration: North America, part 5 “Years of World War II and Korean War,” broadcast on September 15, 2012).  On camera interview on the experiences of the Chinese American aerodynamic scientist H. S. Tsien in the US during the McCarthy era (starting at 22m:30s).

Ad Astra’s Scientific Revolution Documentary: Sputnik 1,” November 23, 2009.  On the impact of the launching of Sputnik.

Living in the Shadow of Sputnik,” San Gabriel Valley Tribune (also printed in Pasadena Star-News and Inland Valley Daily Bulletin), online version on October 3 and print version on October 4, 2007.

Television interview on Sputnik, broadcast on Time Warner Cable-CNN Headline News Local Edition in Southern California, October 4, 2007.

Interviewed for David Olson, “How Sputnik Changed the Inland Area,” The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA), October 4, 2007.

Featured in Dwayne Day, “Blue Skies on the West Coast: A History of the Aerospace Industry in Southern California,” Space Review, August 20, 2007.


PhD, in History, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1994

MS, in History of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, 1985

BS, in Physics, Henan Normal University, Xinxiang, China 1982


Visiting Professor, Institute for the History of Natural Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, Summer 2010, Summer 2011

Visiting Professor, Graduate University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, June 2009

Harvey Mudd College, Hixon-Riggs Visiting Professor in Science, Technology, and Society, 2008-2009

Cal Poly Pomona History Department, Assistant Professor, 1999-2004; Associate Professor, 2004-2008; Professor, 2008-

UC Berkeley History Department, Visiting Lecturer, 1999

UC Santa Barbara History Department, Visiting Lecturer, 1994-98

UC Santa Barbara Special Collections/California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives, Manuscript Processor, 1993-1998

Chinese Academy of Sciences Graduate School, Instructor, 1985-1986


Professional Services:


Member, Coordinating Committee of the Forum for the History of Science in America, History of Science Society, 1999-2002

《中国科技史杂志》编委 (Chinese Journal for the History of Science and Technology editorial board member), 2005-

Isis Editorial Board Member, 2006-2008.

Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences Associate Editor, 2007-

Member of Zhu Kezhen Award Committee, International Society for the History of East Asian Science, Technology and Medicine (ISHEASTM), 2007

Member, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) Archives and History Office Program Review Committee, 2007-

中国国家然科学基会、中国科学《科技政策丛》学术指导委员会委员 (member, Academic Advisory Committee on a Book Series of Translations in Science and Technology Policy Sponsored by the National Natural Science Foundation of China and the Chinese Academy of Sciences), 2008-

History of Science Society Margaret W. Rossiter History of Women in Science Prize Committee, 2008-2010 (chair for 2010).

Vice President of the Pacific Circle, a scientific commission of the Division of the History of Science and Technology of the International Union for the History and Philosophy of Science, 2009-.

《然科学史研究》编委 ([Chinese] Studies in the History of Natural Sciences editorial board member), 2009-

《然法》编委 ([Chinese] Journal of Dialectics of Nature editorial board member), 2010-

《科学文化》编委 (Science and Culture Review editorial board member),  2011-

Member, History of Science Society Council, 2012-2014


Professional Honors:


2003 Price/Webster Prize, History of Science Society.  Co-recipient with Peter Neushul.

Visiting Fellow, Institute for the History of Natural Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, summers of 2002, 2004, and 2007.

Hixon-Riggs Visiting Professor in Science, Technology, and Society, Harvey Mudd College, 2008-2009

Adjunct Professorship, Henan Normal University, 2008-


Cal Poly Pomona Services


Member, Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Program Advisory Board, 2009-

Member, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences RTP Committee, 2011-2012

Member, Faculty Learning Community on “What Is a Learning-Centered University?” 2004-2007

Member, Provost’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women in STEM Disciplines, 2007-2008

Member, WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) Educational Effectiveness Subcommittee, 2006-2008

President, Asian Pacific Faculty, Staff, and Student Association (APFSSA), 2007-2008

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