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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 cpp.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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Links for CPP Courses: Links for CPP Courses:
HST 1100 The Study and Practice of History
HST 2202 US History since 1865
HST 3300 History Methods
HST 3347 US History since 1945  
HST 4408 History of American Science and Technology
HST 4230 Modern Science in World History
HST 4461 and 4462 Senior Thesis (Portal on Senior Thesis)
HST 4496 Weapons of Mass Destruction
HST 5501 Advanced History Methods
HST 5561 Readings in Modern U.S. History
BUS/CLS 362, 452, 482 Cal Poly Pomona China Summer 2005
STS 461 Science, Technology and Society Capstone Seminar (2014)

Links for Non-CPP Courses:
STS 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 近现代西方科技史导读(IHNS 2010
科技革命与美国现代化 Science, Technology, and Modernization in US History (IHNS 2011)
History of Modern American Science and Technology (UCAS 2013)
当代美国史 Contemporary US History (University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences), Summer 2015
近现代西方科技史  Introduction to the History of Science and Technology in the West  (中国科大 2014)

Citation Style and Tips on Writing; Tips on Writing Essay Exams; University Calendar
Links on Primary Sources in US History and History of Science and Technology
Sample Topics and Resources for HST 408, 423, and 461
Sample Senior Theses
Sample Master’s Theses
Grade Appeals Policy and Procedures
Links to Other Useful Papers and Sites


Zuoyue Wang, 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 users only). Reviews in Science (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).

王作跃,《在卫星的阴影下:美国总统科学顾问委员会与冷战中的美国》,北京大学出版社,2011。中国国家自然科学基金委员会、中国科学院《科学技术政策译丛》。简介、目录、英文版书评节选 (pdf) In Sputnik’s Shadow Chinese edition: Peking University Press, 2011. 



王作跃,《科技革命与美国现代化》(济南:山东教育出版社,2017[Zuoyue Wang, Scientific-Technological Revolutions and American Modernization (Jinan: Shandong Education Press, 2017)] “序言”[Introduction in Chinese]


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


Books Edited

Miscellaneous Publications in English  

Book Reviews

Conference Presentations and Invited Talks 

Memorial Essays (怀念、悼念师友文章) 

Relevant Publications and Reports by Others 


Articles and Book Chapters:

How Did Qian Xuesen Contribute to American and Chinese Space Programs?Filling Space, January 15, 2021. 谷歌中文翻译“钱学森如何为美国和中国的太空计划做出贡献?”PDF

 Entangled Worldlines: Four Physicists Whose Transnational Trajectories Reshaped Physics and Diplomacy in China and the United States,” Forum on International Physics Newsletter (American Physical Society), August 2020. PDF

From Modern Physics to the Cold War and Beyond,” Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences 50, nos. 1-2 (2020): 25-30. Part of a special issue entitled “Looking Backward, Looking Forward: HSNS at 50.” PDF [从现代物理到冷战及之后:一本影响几代科学史人的杂志”,微信公众号《返朴》,202055.PDF]

Transnational Mathematics and Movements: Shiing-shen Chern, Hua Luogeng, and the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study from World War II to the Cold War,” Chinese Annals of History of Science and Technology 3, no. 2 (2019): 118-165. Co-authored by Jinhai Guo. PDF

Controlled Exchanges: Public-Private Hybridity, Transnational Networking, and Knowledge Circulation in US-China Scientific Discourse on Nuclear Arms Control,” in John Krige (ed.), How Knowledge Moves: Writing the Transnational History of Science and Technology (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019), 368-410.  Preview at Google Books.

从康奈尔、列宁格勒到哥本哈根、加州理工:清华大学物理学家张礼教授访谈录”,《科学文化评论》,第15卷,第2期(2018):101-118,王作跃、尹晓冬访谈整理。[“From Cornell and Leningrad to Copenhagen and Caltech: An Interview with the Physicist Professor Zhang Li of Tsinghua University,” Science and Culture Review 15, no. 2 (2018): 101-118, in Chinese, co-authored by Yin Xiaodong.] PDF.

Theory Attached to Practice: Chinese Debates over Basic Research from Thought Remolding to the Bomb, 1949-1966,” in David Kaldewey and Desiree Schauz (eds.), Basic and Applied Research: The Language of Science Policy in the Twentieth Century (New York: Berghahn Books, 2018), 228-247. Open access courtesy of the University of Bonn. PDF.

Donald F. Hornig,” American National Biography (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018). PDF.

Essay review of Zhu Kezhen Quanji (竺可桢全集The Complete Works of Coching Chu), East Asian Science, Technology and Society 12, no. 2 (June 2018). PDF. [“存真求全的《竺可桢全集》:历史学家的梦想成真”微信公众号《科学春秋》2018927日;PDF]

Science under the Trump Administration in Historical Perspective,” H-Diplo/ISSF (International Security Studies Forum), April 17, 2018. PDF here or here.

李政道杨振宁遭遇冷处理:60年前中国人第一次获诺奖”,《知识分子》(微信公众号)20171126日,共同作者华新民, PDF. 另载华夏文摘[“T. D. Lee and C. N. Yang Received Cold Treatment: The First Chinese Nobel Laureates 60 Years Ago,” The Intellectual (a daily publication on Chinese social media Wechat), November 26, 2017, in Chinese, co-authored by Xinmin Hua, also appearing on China New Digest, November 29, 2017, Google-translated English version PDF];李政道杨振宁遭遇冷处理:六十多年前中国人第一次获诺奖”, 《科学文化评论》第17卷,2020年第1期,第5-28页,共同作者华新民, PDF[“T. D. Lee and C. N. Yang Received Cold Treatment: The First Chinese Nobel Laureates More Than 60 Years Ago,” Science and Culture Review 17, no, 1 (2020): 5-28, co-authored by Xinmin Hua, in Chinese.] [杨振宁、何祚庥,“李政道杨振宁获诺贝尔奖的相关情况”,《科学文化评论》第17卷,2020年第4期,第99-103页,PDF(包括华新民、王作跃回应)]

Summer 2017 Travels in China and Korea: A Report on Some History of Science Events,” The Pacific Circle Bulletin, no. 39 (October 2017): 4-6. PDF.

Archival Materials Related to Chinese American Scientists and Modern China,” PRC History Review 2, no. 3 (June 2017): 21-23. Another PDF

受加州理工影响的台湾学子:吴建民教授访谈录,《科学文化评论》,第13卷第5期(2016年),第73-102, 共同作者(访谈者)张志会。 [“Caltech’s Taiwanese Graduates: Interviews with Professor Jain-Ming ‘Jimmy’ Wu,” Science and Culture Review 13, no, 5 (2016): 73-102, in Chinese. Co-authored by ZHANG Zhihui.]

从杰出华裔女科学家到企业家:林颖珠访谈录,《科学文化评论》,第13卷第3期(2016年),第95-109页,共同作者(访谈者)张志会。[“A Distinguished Chinese American Woman, Scientist, and Entrepreneur: Interviews with Professor Susan Y. L. Wu,” Science and Culture Review 13, no. 3 (2016): 95-109, in Chinese. Co-authored by ZHANG Zhihui.]

Planning for Science and Technology in China and India,” BJHS Themes 1 (2016): 83-113, open access. Co-authored by Jahnavi Phalkey.  PDF.

冷战时期到奥巴马时代美国科技决策咨询研究,” 《文汇报》,2016930日。PDF. [“American advisory system for policy-making in science and technology from the Cold War to Obama,” Wenhuibao, September 30, 2016, in Chinese.] [文章在《战略与政策论坛》《科学春秋》微信公共号上转载。]

中国科学社美国分社历史研究”,《自然辩证法通讯》,第38卷第3期(20165月),1-11页。[“A Historical Study of the American Branch of the Science Society of China,” Journal of the Dialectics of Nature 38, no. 3 (May 2016): 1-11, in Chinese.]

The Chinese Developmental State during the Cold War: The Making of the 1956 Twelve-Year Science and Technology Plan,” History and Technology 31, no. 3 (2015): 180-205. PDF.

Sputnik Moments: Science and Technology Policy from Eisenhower to Obama,” in Andrew J. Polsky (ed.), The Eisenhower Presidency: Lessons for the Twenty-First Century (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2015), 117-129. PDF.

冷战时代的中国如何造出‘两弹一星’,澎湃网站,2015717日。[“How Did China Make Bombs, Missiles, and Satellites during the Cold War,” The Paper, July 17, 2015, in Chinese.] PDF

A Summer in China,” The Pacific Circle Bulletin, no. 34 (April 2015): 3-6. PDF.

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, 2014), 343-370. Excerpts at Google Books; chapter at ebrary**. PDF. 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.

Entries in Hugh Slotten (ed.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of the History of American Science, Medicine, and Technology, 2 vols. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014): James R. Killian, Jr. (v. 1, pp. 607-608); Tsung-Dao Lee (v. 1, pp. 627-628); Office of Science and Technology Policy (v. 2, pp. 200-201); President’s Science Advisory Committee (v. 2, pp. 285-286); Chien-Shiung Wu (v. 2, pp. 600-601); Chen-Ning Yang (v. 2, pp. 603-604). Copyright Oxford University Press.

Entries in Xiaojian Zhao and Edward J. W. Park (eds.), Asian Americans: An Encyclopedia of Social, Cultural, and Political Change (Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2014): Shiing-Shen Chern (pp. 206-207); Steven Chu (pp. 316-318); Tsung Dao Lee (pp. 773-775); Yuan Tseh Lee (pp. 777-779); Yoshiro Nambu (pp. 862-863); Samuel Chao Chung Ting (pp. 1113-1115); Chien-Shiung Wu (pp. 1207-1209); Chen-Ning Yang (pp. 1224-1227); Shing-Tung Yau (pp. 1233-1234); Yitang Zhang (pp. 1251-1252).

科学史家许良英,《中国科技史杂志》,第35卷,2014年第1期,49-61页,共同作者胡大年。 [The Historian of Science Xu Liangying,” The Chinese Journal for the History of Science and Technology 35, no. 1 (2014): 49-61. Co-authored by Danian Hu. In Chinese with English abstract at end of paper.]  

 “1963年中国物理学家赴丹麦玻尔研究所访问研究的历史考察,《自然科学史研究》,第32卷,2013年第4期,470-490页,共同作者尹晓冬。[“A Historical Study of Chinese Physicists’ Visits at the Niels Bohr Institute of Denmark in the 1960s,” Studies in the History of Natural Sciences 32, no. 4 (2013): 470-490. Co-authored by Xiaodong Yin. In Chinese with English abstract at end of paper.]

追忆胡新和”, 《光明日报》,2013729日,第13版。[“In Memory of Hu Xinhe” (Chinese philosopher of science), Guangming Daily, July 29, 2013, p. 13, in Chinese.] PDF

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. Peter Westwick, 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.  Chinese translation: “中国、苏联卫星和美国科学从谢家麟的经历看中美科技关系的演化《现代物理知识》2012年,第24卷第一期第15-16页。

Asian Pacific Science and Technology at Two Conferences in Summer 2011, The Pacific Circle Bulletin, no. 27 (October 2011): 3-5. PDF.

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

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. PDF

"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 (张九辰).

美国近现代科技环境政策史研究:从总统科学顾问委员会到奥巴马,《科学文化评论》,20102月,第7卷第1, 107-114页。 [“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, in Chinese.]

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. 

首次国际地球物理年与一个中国的原则”,《科学文化评论》,200912月,第6卷第6, 69-81页。与张九辰合著。 [“The First International Geophysical Year and the One-China Principle.” Science and Culture Review 6, no. 6 (December 2009): 69-81, in Chinese.  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》记者张蕾访谈。PDF). [“American Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy: The Case of Global Warming,” An interview with Zhang Lei, Guangming Daily, July 13, 2009, p. 11.]

中国现代化进程中的科学与技术研讨会综述” ,《中国科技史杂志》30卷,第2期(2009年):24-27。张藜合著.  [“A Report on the Conference on ‘Science and Technology in the Making of Modern China,’ The Chinese Journal for the History of Science and Technology 30, no. 2 (2009): 24-27. Co-authored by Zhang Li.]  See also 予馨,首届中国近现代科技史国际研讨会在南加召开:会议组织者、科学史家王作跃教授专访,《城市杂志(洛杉矶),总496期(2009323-29日),12-14页。[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. Both in Chinese.]

“‘学好数理化。。。1978年后大陆留美科学家研究  ,载《北美华侨华人新视角--华侨华人研究上海论坛文集》,139-148页,国务院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. In Chinese.] 

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 Chicago Press. PDF

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) (363-368) 

            “ZHAO Zhongyao” (Chinese nuclear physicist) (397-402)

           “ZHU Kezhen” (Chinese meteorologist and science administrator) (402-405)

 “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.

近现代中国科技史研究:历史、现状与展望”,《中国科技史杂志》第28卷第4(2007)386-389[Studies in the History of Science and Technology in Modern China: Past, Present, and Prospects, Chinese Journal for the History of Science and Technology 28, no. 4 (2007): 386-389, in Chinese.]

当代美国科教政策的变迁: 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, in Chinese.] 

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 in Oceanography and Isis.

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

学习科学史的心路历程,”《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.]

为什么美国没有设立科技部?”科学文化评论2005 2卷第5, 36-49页。 [“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 and University 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.” 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: “华裔美国科学家和美中科学关系:从尼克松到李文和,” 安金辉译,孔秉德和尹晓煌编,《美籍华人与中美关系》北京:新华出版社, 2004,239-262页。

"'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.  PDF. Copyright Routledge. German translation appeared as "Ideologisch korrekte'  Wissenschaft: Französische Revolution, Sowjetunion, Nationalsozialismus, Japan im Zweiten Weltkrieg, McCarthy-Ära, Volksrepublik China," In Uwe Hoßfeld and 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 李虎军, “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. PDF

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 Gertrude Goeppert 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. Copyright Sage Publications. The President’s Science Advisory Committee, Use of Pesticides (Washington, DC: White House, 1963) (public domain).

"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. PDF

"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.

量子力学的两个研究纲领,”《自然辩证法通讯》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 and Community Involvement:

BBC audio documentary on Qian Xuesen (H. S. Tsien, an American-educated Chinese space scientist and former professor of Caltech) China’s Rocket Man (also available on “BBC the Documentary” podcast) and companion article “Qian Xuesen: The Man the US Deported - Who then Helped China into Space” by Kavita Puri, presenter of the program, both published on October 27, 2020.

US-China tension and COVID-19 vaccines: John Ruwitch, “China Leads the Worldwide Race to Develop a COVID-19 Vaccine,” All Things Considered, National Public Radio, May 19, 2020; “Amid High Stakes, China Is Fast-Tracking COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts,” NPR, May 20, 2010; Carlos Rydlewski and José Eduardo Barella, “A Corrida Pela Vida” [a race for life], Exame (Brazilian business magazine), June 2020; Yasmin Tayag, “Deteriorating U.S.-China Relations Don’t Bode Well for the Pandemic: Global Problems Need Global Cooperation,” medium.com, July 24, 2020.

US-China relations and Chinese American scientists: Scott Tong, “Theft of Farming Secrets Is Backdrop for U.S.-China Trade Deal,” Marketplace Morning Report, American Public Media, January 15, 2020; Mara Hvistendahl, “The FBI’s China Obsession” (on the US surveillance of Chinese American scientists during the Cold War), The Intercept, February 2, 2020; Andrea Widener, “70 Years of US Suspicion toward Chinese Scientists—and What Those Caught in the Middle Should Do Now,” Chemical and Engineering News 98, no. 11 (March 22, 2020); “Chinese American Museum Panel Series: ‘Studying Our Past, Shaping Our Future’” (华美博物馆系列讲座《见证历史,共创未来》第二讲:华裔对美国的贡献; video on YouTube; Zuoyue Wang presentation in Chinese on “Contributions of Chinese American Scientists” starts at 24m; also available on 哔哩哔哩), July 18, 2020; 启铬、张宏,“拜登任总统 专家:中美关系将缓慢进展但难续曾经亲密,”《世界日报》(洛杉矶版),2021120[Qige and Zhang Hong,“Experts on Biden Presidency: Slow Improvement in US-China Relations But No Return to Close Ties,” World Journal, January 20, 2021]; 启铬,种族歧视升温 南加学界谴责”,《世界日报》(洛杉矶版)2021323B2 [Qige, “Chinese American Scholars in Southern California Condemn Rising Anti-Asian Racism, World Journal (Los Angeles), March 23, 2021,B2.]

 History Prof. Zuoyue Wang Receives National Honor,” Polycentric (Cal Poly Pomona), November 26, 2019; 启铬,王作跃教授榮任科學促進會會士,《世界日报》(洛杉矶)20191128B4. 華裔教授王作躍研究中美科學 獲AAAS榮譽”《星岛日报》(洛杉矶),20191127; Cheyanne Thomas, “Zuoyue Wang Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science,” The Poly Post, January 28, 2020.

Chu Guofei (褚国飞), “Both China and US Benefit from Transnational Scientific Exchange,” Chinese Social Sciences Today, September 26, 2019 Chinese version 跨国交流促进中美科技发展”《中国社会科学报》2019923日第3版); “China-US Cooperation Key to Tackling Global Climate Change,” ibid., October 24, 2019 (Chinese  version “积极应对气候变化挑战or 回顾中美气候科技交流史 积极应对气候变化挑战”《中国社会科学报》20191021).

Chris Mooney, “Trump Has Taken Longer to Name a Science Advisor than any Modern President,” Washington Post, October 16, 2017.  PDF

From China, to the US, and Back,” a (3m:18s) video associated with my Lyne Starling Trimble Public Lecture of the American Institute of Physics on March 23, 2016, part of its “Inside Science” media series, produced by Jason Socrates Bardi, released on October 6, 2016. Also available on YouTube.

Professor Sheds Light on the History of Science,March 21, 2016, Cal Poly Pomona Polycentric. PDF.

香港凤凰卫视,《中美科技交流密档:从冷战时期到奥巴马时代》,五集纪录片,第一集(受审)、第二集(冰封)、(第三集(重启)、第四集(科学的春天)、第五集(奥巴马时代),2015 921-25, 2015 Phoenix TV of Hong Kong, “Secret Archives in China-US Scientific and Technological Exchanges,” September 21-25, 2015) (corrections to narrative text forthcoming). 

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. 

香港电台电视台,《华人移民史:金山客》第五集二次世界大战与韩战年代”(其中有我介绍钱学森在美国被扣留的历史)2012525日拍摄,2012915 日播放 (Radio Television Hong Kong, Roots Old and New: Stories of Chinese Immigrants--North America, part 5 “World War II and the 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).

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

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.

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

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



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 



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

Visiting Scholar, Institute for the History of Natural Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, summers of 2002, 2004, 2007, 2010-2011, 2013-2018; Visiting Professor, the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, summers of 2004, 2009-2011, 2013-2018; Visiting Professor, the University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China, summers of 2013, 2016-; Visiting Professor, Tsinghua University, Fall 2019.

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

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

中国国家自然科学基金会、中国科学院《科技政策译丛》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-.

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

《自然辩证法通讯》编委 ([Chinese] Journal of Dialectics of Nature editorial board member), 2010-

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

Member, History of Science Society Council, 2012-2014

Price/Webster Prize Committee, History of Science Society, 2013-2015 (chair for 2015)

The British Journal for the History of Science Editorial Board Member, 2015-

Endeavour editorial board member, 2016-

Committee on Membership and Governance, History of Science Society, 2016-2020 (chair for 2020)

中国科学技术出版社(暨科学普及出版社)“科技/科普专家”(“Science and science popularization specialist” of the China Science and Technology Press, Beijing), 2017-2019.

Chinese Annals of the History of Science and Technology editorial board member, 2017-

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Section L (History and Philosophy of Science) Electorate Nominating Committee (2018-2021).

East Asian Science, Technology and Society (EASTS) editorial board member, 2019-


Selected Professional Honors:

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

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

Lyne Starling Trimble Public Lecture of the American Institute of Physics on March 23, 2016; associated video

Grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) 2010-2014 for project “Chinese/American Scientists: Transnational Science during the Cold War and Beyond”

Elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 2019


Selected Cal Poly Pomona Services

Member, Weglyn Endowed Chair Advisory Committee on Multicultural Studies, 2018-

Member, Asian American Transnational Research Institute (AATRI), 2016-

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


Short Bio: Zuoyue Wang is a professor of history at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, specializing in science, technology, and politics in modern US, China, and transnational contexts. Born in China and originally trained in physics, he received his PhD from UC Santa Barbara and published In Sputnik’s Shadow: The President’s Science Advisory Committee and Cold War America (Rutgers University Press, 2008; Chinese translation by Peking University Press in 2011). He is currently studying the history of Chinese American scientists and engineers and US-China scientific relations, for which he received a grant from the National Science Foundation in 2010-2014. He was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2019.

中文简历:王作跃(Zuoyue Wang)1986年从中国科学院赴美留学,现任加州州立理工大学普莫娜分校(California State Polytechnic University, Pomona)历史系教授,主要研究美国、中国和跨国近现代科技史。发表中英文著作包括《在卫星的阴影下:美国总统科学顾问委员会与冷战中的美国》和《科技革命与美国现代化》。曾分享美国科学史学会2003年的普莱斯(Price-Webster)最佳论文奖。2010-2014年获得美国国家科学基金会(NSF)资助,研究留美华人科学家历史。2019年当选为美国科学促进会会士(AAAS Fellow)