William R. Newman received his Ph.D. in History of Science from Harvard University in 1986. He has been awarded fellowships, grants, and prizes from a wide variety of foundations, such as the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Institute for Advanced Study, the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology, and the National Science Foundation.
His main present research interests focus on early modern "chymistry" and late medieval "alchemy," especially as exemplified by Isaac Newton, Robert Boyle, Daniel Sennert, and the first famous American scientist, George Starkey. Much of his research has centered on the history of matter-theory, especially corpuscularism and atomism, and on the history of early chemical technology. He has taught courses on these subjects in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, as well as courses on early science and its relationship to natural philosophy more broadly.
John A. Walsh is an Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science and Adjunct Assistant Professor of English. Working with digital tools and in digital environments, Walsh's research explores interactions among the textual, graphic, and material layers of the document, or text. Walsh is the Technical Editor of Digital Humanities Quarterly and the Secretary and Vice-Chair of the Text Encoding Initiative.
He has also served on the executive committee of the Association for Computers and the Humanities and on the Technical Council of the Text Encoding Initiative. Externally funded projects include: The Algernon Charles Swinburne Project, The Chymistry of Isaac Newton, and the Text Image Linking Environment.
Wally Hooper joined the Chymistry of Isaac Newton Project in 2007 as Programmer/Analyst and Project Manager. He is currently co-Principal Investigator with Newman on a three-year NSF project conducting a computational analysis of the language of alchemy in Newton's alchemical corpus. He is an Assistant Scientist/Scholar in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science and Programmer/Analyst for the IU Digital Library Program.
He received a Ph.D. in the History and Philosophy of Science from Indiana University in 1992. He held two Post-Doctoral Fellowships at the Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza (now the Galileo Museum) in Florence, Italy, between 1992 and 1996. While there, he collaborated with physicists at the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione Firenze, to study the inks and papers in Galileo's manuscripts using proton-induced X-ray emissions in an attempt to determine the order of composition of undated collections of manuscript fragments on the problem of motion.
Between 1996 and 2007, as Assistant Scientist/Scholar and Director of Software Development at the American Indian Studies Research Institute at IU, he worked closely with historians, anthropologists and linguists studying the languages and cultures of North American Plains Indians. He was co-PI on an NSF-funded project working on the compilation and publication of dictionaries of Northern Caddoan languages including Pawnee and Arikara and assisted lexicographical projects in Siouan languages and in Uzbek. He is familiar with current trends in lexicography, computational linguistics, and information retrieval, and writes code in most major programming languages and mathematical processing environments.
James R. Voelkel is Curator of Rare Books at the Othmer Library of Chemical History at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia. He is an historian of early modern science, who has written extensively on Johannes Kepler, and a long time contributor to the Chymistry of Isaac Newton project. He received his Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Science from Indiana University in 1994.
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