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Danian Hu

Department Chair, Associate Professor

School/Division

Division of Humanities and the Arts

Department

History

Affiliated Departments

Asian Studies

Office

NAC 5/129D

p: 212-650-8927

e: dhu@ccny.cuny.edu

  • Profile

    Professor Hu specializes in the history of modern science and technology (both in the West and in China) and modern Chinese history.  His recent works focus primarily on the scientific development in twentieth-century China and he examines Chinese developments through careful case studies of selected scientific disciplines, institutions, and individuals with detailed treatment of both scientific contents and relevant sociopolitical contexts.  His first monograph, China and Albert Einstein (Harvard, 2005), is the first extensive study, in either English or Chinese, of China's reception of the celebrated physicist and his theory of relativity.  An expanded Chinese edition of this book was selected as one of the ten best books published in China in 2006.

    Professor Hu is currently working on a book project concerning British physicist William Band's career in China, in which he explores the scientific developments during the Republican China and reveal the contributions of Christian colleges in China.

  • Education

     

    • B.E., Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing, China
    • Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences
    • M.A., Case Western Reserve Univ.
    • M. Phil., Ph.D., Yale Univ.
  • Courses Taught

     

    • Modern China
    • Traditional China
    • Twentieth Century China
    • History of the PRC
    • History of China’s Cultural Revolution
    • Science and Technology in China
    • Albert Einstein and His World
    • Nuclear Weapons Programs in Asia
    • Making Nukes: Science, Scientists, and Politics in US, USSR, & PRC
    • Science and Technology in the 20th Century
  • Research Interests

    Professor Hu is currently working on a book project concerning British physicist William Band's career in China, in which he explores the scientific developments during the Republican China and reveal the contributions of Christian colleges in China.  Meanwhile, he has also embarked on researches of quantum physics in China and of Chinese scientific developments during the Cultural Revolution.

  • Publications

    Books

    爱因斯坦在中国 Ai yin si tan zai zhong guo [Einstein in China](Shanghai Science & Technology Education Press, 2006). This is a revised and expanded Chinese edition of China and Albert Einstein.China and Albert Einstein: The Reception of the Physicist and His Theory in China, 1917-1979 (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2005).

    Articles & Book Chapters (selected)

    • "'Actions at a Distance': Martin Klein and Chinese Studies in the History of Modern Physics," 自然科学史研究 [Studies in the History of Natural Sciences], Vol. 31, No.3 (2012): 343-359.
    • "Martin J. Klein: From Physicist to Historian," Physics in Perspective: Volume 14, Issue 4 (2012), Page 498-507.
    • "科学史研究的良心—记许良英先生言传身教二十余载 [A Conscience in the Study of the History of Science— Professor Xu Liangying's instructions and role model for more than two decades]" (in王作跃等编[Zuoyue Wang et al., eds.],《呼唤民主与人权:贺许良英先生九十寿辰》[Advocating Democracy and Human Rights: Essays in Honor of Xu Liangying on His 90th Birthday],香港,明镜出版社 [Hong Kong: Mirror Books],2012.
    • Book Review: P. Kevin MacKeown.  Early China Coast Meteorology: The Role of Hong Kong (Hong Kong University Press, 2011), Isis, Vol. 103, No.1 (March 2012): 196-197.
    • "In memory of Martin J. Klein (1924-2009)," Newsletter of the History of Science Society, July 2009.
    • "二十世纪中国科技史研究有感 (Remarks on the Research in The 20th Century Chinese History of Science and Technology)," The Chinese Journal for the History of Science and Technology, Vol. 28, no.4 (2007): 390-391.
    • "The Reception of Relativity in China," Isis, Vol. 98, No.3 (September 2007): 539-557.
    • Book Review: Benjamin A. Elman. A Cultural History of Modern Science in China, (Harvard, 2006), Isis, Vol. 98, No.3 (September 2007): 613-614.
    • "相对论在中国 [Relativity in China]" in 文汇报 [Wenhui Bao], May 1, 2006.  Wenhui Bao is a leading newspaper in Shanghai.
    • "Peiyuan Chou and Relativity: Study and Research at Tsinghua University" (in Chinese) in Yang Jian and Dai Wusan, eds. Tsinghua University and the History of Science and Technology in Modern China, Beijing: Tsinghua University Press, 2006.
    • "Introducing Relativity into China: The Japanese Influence" (in Chinese), Kexue Magazine, Vol. 57, No. 6 (2005).
    • "Finding New Paths to the Depths of Physics: Martin J. Klein and his Einstein centennial lecture in 2005" (in Chinese), Kexue Magazine, Vol. 57, no.5 (2005).
    • "Two Chinese Pioneers of Relativity," Studies in the History of Natural Sciences, vol. 24 Suppl., July 2005.
    • "Einstein and Relativity in China, 1917-1979" in Albert Einstein—Engineer of the Universe: 100 Authors for Einstein. Edited by Jürgen Renn. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH, July 2005.
    • "Organized Criticism of Einstein and Relativity in China, 1968-1976," Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences, Volume 34, Part 2 (2004): 311-338.

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  • Additional Information

    Publications Forthcoming:

    • "Bridging East and West through Physics: William Band at Yenching University" in Science in Republican China, eds. Benjamin Elman and Jing Tsu (E.J. Brill Press in Leiden).

     

    Honors & Awards (selected):

    • PSC-CUNY Research Awards, 2011-12, 2009-10, 2008-09, 2007-08, 2006-07
    • Visiting research fellow (2006-2011): The Institute for History of Natural Science (IHNS), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing, China
    • 2011-2012 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Research Fellowship for US-based scholars at the Needham Research Institute, Cambridge, U.K.
    • K.C. Wong Education Foundation Research Grant, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (中国科学院王宽诚科研奖金), 2011-2012.
    • Visiting Professor (Fall 2011): Center for History and Philosophy of Science, Peking University; Department of History of Science, University of Science and Technology of China.
    • Visiting Scholar at Max Planck Institute for History of Science, Berlin, Germany, July 1-28, 2007.
    • My book Ai yin si tan zai zhong guo爱因斯坦在中国 [Einstein in China] was elected as one of the ten best books published in China in 2006 by editors of influential Zhonghua dushu bao 中华读书报[China Book Weekly] (December 20)
    • Invited by the Princeton University Bookstore to attend its book signing event in Princeton, NJ (October 2005)
    • Chunhui Research Grant [春晖科研奖金], Chinese Ministry of Education.  Host Institution: Tsinghua University, Beijing, 2004.
    • John Clarke Slater Fellowship for 1998, American Philosophical Society (only one recipient each year)
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