David Channell

Professor - Arts And Humanities

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - History of Science and Technology
Case Western Reserve University - 1975
M.S. - Physics
Case Western Reserve University - 1969
B.S. - Physics
Case Institute of Technology - 1967

Publications

A History of Science, Technology and Their Interactions (New York: Oxford University Press), completed and undergoing final revision. forthcoming - Publication
Thermodynamics, In The History of Scientific Thought. Ed. by K. and B. Lerner (Farmington Hills, Mich: The Gale Group, 2007), in press. 2007 - Publication
The Emergence of the Engineering Sciences: A Historical Analysis. In Handbook of the Philosophy of Technology and the Engipeering Sciences. Ed. by Anthonie Meijers (Holland: Elsevier Science, 2007), in press. 2007 - Publication
Scottish Roots of Engineering Science in Japan. In XXII Intemational Congress of History of Science: Book of Abstracts (Beijing: Institute for the History of Natural Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2005), 267. 2005 - Publication
Engineering Education and the Rise of Engineering Science in Great Britain, In The Evolution of Engineering Training. Ed. by Andre Grelon et al. (Paris: L'Harmattan, 1999). 1999 - Publication
Sir Douglas Galton, in The New Dictiongg of National Biogrpphy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997). 1997 - Publication
History of Physics and Technology, in Encyclopga of Applied Physics, ed. George L. Trigg (New York: VCH Publishers for the American Institute of Physics, 1995), 1 4 :3 5-5 3 . 1995 - Publication
The Vital Machine: A Study of Technology and Organic Life (New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991). 1991 - Publication
Horatio Allen, in American National Biography (New York: Oxford University Press, 1995). 1990 - Publication
The Scottish Roots of Engineering Science, in Beyond Histog; of Science, ed. Elizabeth Garber (Lehigh, Pa.: Lehigh University Press, 1990). 1990 - Publication

Appointments

Professor(tenure)
University of Texas at Dallas [1990–Present]
Associate Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [1980–1990]
Fellow
University of Chicago [1978–1979]
Assistant Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [1975–1980]
Teaching Assistant
Case Western Reserve University [1970–1975]
Graduate Fellow
Case Western Reserve University [1967–1969]
Research Assistant
Union Carbide Corporation, Parma, Ohio [1966–1967]

Projects

The Role of Biological Models in the Emergence of Modem Technology.
1992–1992 Paper presented at the Society for the History of Technology, Uppsala, Sweden
Technology, Biology and Postmodernism.
1996–1996 Invited University Lecture presented at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
On the Shoulders of Giant Twins: The Influence of Edwin T. Layton on the History of Technology
1998–1998 Invited paper presented at the Midwest Junto for the History of Science and Technology, University of Minnesota
The History of Engineering Science in America: The Role of Conilicting Ideologies.
1995–1995 Invited paper presented at the U.S./France Workshop on Engineering Science, Orleans, France
Engineering Education and the Rise of Engineering Science.
1996–1996 Paper presented at the meeting of the International Committee for the History of Technology, Budapest, Hungary

Additional Information

UNIVERSITY ACTIVITIES
  • University
    • Member of the Committee on Qualifications (1984-86)(1997-99)(Chair, l998·99)(2002— 2004)(Chair, 2003-2004)(Chair, 2005-2006)
    • Member of the Steering Committee of the Ida and Cecil Green Center for the Study of Science and Society (l997—2004)(Vice Chair)
    • Member of the Information Resources Policy and Planning Advisory Committee (1997- 2000)
    • Member of the Committee on Intellectual Property (1996-99)
    • Member of the Committee on Scientiiic Integrity (1996-99)
    • Member of the Committee on Campus Facilities Planning (1988-92)
    • Member of the Steering Committee for Sigma Xi (1998- )
    • Member of the Committee on Educational Policy (1981-83) (1987-91) (Chair, 1982-83) (1993-96)
    • Member of the Library Cormnittee (1987-90) (V ice-Chair, 1989-90) (Chair, 1990-91)
    • Member of the Committee on Faculty Standing and Conduct (1986-88)
    • Member of the Committee on Student Life (1980-82)
    • Member of the Faculty Handbook Committee (1976-78)
    • Member of the Academic Senate (1976-78)
    • Member of the Inter-Institutional Committee on Science and Humanities (1975-78)
  • School of Arts and Humanities
    • Member, Executive Committee (2004-2006)
    • Chair, Middle Eastern History Search Committee (2007-08)
    • Member, Biomedical Ethics Search Committee (2006)
    • Member, Art and Technology Search Committee (2004)(2005)(2006)
    • Chair, Art and Technology Search Committee (2001)
    • Chair of the Watson Professorship Search Committee (1997-98)
    • Member of the Dean Search Committee (1996-97)
    • Member ofthe Literature and Science Search Committee (1993-94)
    • Vice Chair of the Dean Search Committee (1992-93)
    • Chair, European Historical Studies Search Committee (1991-92)
    • Chair of the Art History Search Committee (1990-91)
    • Member of the Historical Studies Search Committee (1989-90)
    • Member of the Literary Studies Search Committee (1988-89)
    • Chair of the History of Ideas Search Committee (1987-88)
    • Member of the Visual Arts Search Committee (1986)
    • Member of the Sculpture Search Committee (1984)
    • Member of the Founder's Professorship Search Committee (1982-83) (1984-85)
    • Member of the Philosophy Search Committee (1982)
    • Member of the Sculpture Search Committee (1982)
    • Member of the Electronic Graphics Search Committee (1981)
    • Chair of the Photography Search Committee (1981)
    • Chair of the Aesthetic Studies Search Committee (1977)
    • Member of the History Search Committee (1976)
    • Member of the Committee on Undergraduate Expansion (1989-90)
    • Member of the Planning and Budget Committee (1980-83)(1986-92) (1993··96)(1997-2000)
    • Member of the Graduate Studies Committee (1981-83) (1986-89)
    • Member of the Nominating Committee (1987-88) (1989-92) (1993-94) (1994-95)(1997—98)(1999-2000)
    • Member of the Periodic Performance Review Committee (1999-2000) (2001 -2002)(2003-2004)
    • Member of the A&H Self Stpdy Committee (2001 -2002)
    • Member of the Curricultun Committee (1984-85)
    • Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Evaluation of Visiting Faculty (1982-84)
    • Member of the Committee on Interdisciplinary Studies (1975-84)
    • Member of the Faculty Personnel Review Committee (1981-83) (1984-85) (1992-93) (1997-98) (2001-2002)(2007-2008)
    • Member of the Ad Hoc Committee on Graduate Recruiting and Placement (1977-78) (1985-86)
    • Member of the Agenda Committee (1975-77)
       
AWARDS, GRANTS, AND HONORS
  • National Science Foundation, Science-Technology Studies Scholars Award, "The Philosophical Roots of Engineering Science," (1999-2002) #SES-9905950 -- $86,712
  • Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, Development Award (1999) -- $2,000
  • Templeton/American Scientiiic Affiliation, Lecture Grant (1998-99) —— $5 500
  • John Templeton Foundation, Science and Religion Course Program, $10,000 Prize (1997)
  • UT-Dallas, Special Faculty Development Assignment (Spring, 1997, 2000-2001)
  • National Science Foundation, Intemational Programs Grant, "U.S./France Workshop on Engineering Science" (1995-97) #INT-9513116 -- $21,595
  • UT-Dallas, Green Center for the Study of Science and Society Research Fellowship (Summer, 1994)-- $6,000
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Stipend (1992) #FT-37130-92 -- $4,000
  • National Research Council, International Travel Grant (Sumnrer, 1989) -- $750
  • American Council of Learned Societies, International Travel Grant (Summer, 1985) -- $500
  • National Science Foundation, Research Grant "The Engineering Science of W.J.M. Rankine" (July, 1981-June, 1983) #SES-8015514 -- $5,000
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Demonstration Grant, "Humanistic Values in Modem Society," (Jan., 1981-Dec., 1982) #EH-20029-80-2058 -- $22,000
  • National Science Foundation, Intemational Travel Grant (Stunmer, 1981)-- $500
  • UT-Dallas, Organized Research Award, "Humanistic Values in Modern Society" (1980- 82)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Fellowship, National Humanities Institute at the University of Chicago (1978-79) -- $20,000
  • UT-Dallas, Organized Research Award, "History of Technology Project" (1977-78)
  • National Research Council, Intemational Travel Grant (Smnmer, 1977) —- $500
  • Tuition Scholarship, Division of Special Interdisciplinary Studies, Case Westem Reserve University (1971-73)
  • Graduate Fellowship, Department of Physics, Case Western Reserve University (1967- 69)
  • Member of Sigma Xi
  • Listed in:
    • Who's Who in the World, 7th ed.
    • Who‘s Who in Science and Engineering, 2nd ed.
    • Who's Who in the South and Southwest, 18th ed.
    • Dictionary of International Biography, 16th ed.
    • Directory of American Scholars, 7th ed.
    • Intemational Who's Who in Education
       
Personal Statement

Since coming to UT Dallas in 1975, David F. Channell has spent one year as a fellow at the National Humanities Institute at the University of Chicago. His research has focused on the relationship between science and technology. Recently he has also begun work on the relationship between science, technology and religion, and on the relationship between art and technology. Professor Channell has received a number of grants and awards in order to continue his work in science and religion. 

Professor Channell has published three books, including: The Vital Machine: A Study of Technology and Organic Life (N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 1991); The History of Engineering Science: An Annotated Bibliography (N.Y.: Garland, 1989); and Scottish Men of Science--W.J.M. Rankine (Scotland's Cultural Heritage, 1986). He is currently completing a major book on The History of Science, Technology and Their Interactions, which will be published by Oxford University Press. He has also published over 50 articles, essays and reviews on the subject of the interaction of science and technology, and he has presented more that 40 professional papers in the U.S., Canada, Scotland, Germany, Sweden, France, Hungary, Romania, the Netherlands and China. He has also written an article entitled "The Computer at Nature's Core," published in Wired Magazine (February 2004). 

Professor Channell is a member of the Society for the History of Technology, the International Committee for the History of Technology (ICOHTEC), the History of Science Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Sigma Xi. He has served on the Executive Council of the Society for the History of Technology and has served as an Advisory Editor for the journal Technology and Culture. Professor Channell has been named to Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, and Who's Who in the South and Southwest. 

News Articles

U. T. Dallas Professor to Present Paper At International Congress in Beijing
RICHARDSON, Texas (June 30, 2005) – University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) faculty member Dr. David F. Channell will be a member of the American delegation to the 22 nd International Congress of History of Science, to be held July 24-30 in Beijing, China.

The international congress, sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, meets every four years. Next month’s event will be the first such meeting in China.

Channell, a professor of the history of science and technology in UTD’s School of Arts & Humanities, will present an invited paper to a symposium on “Technology Transfer and Culture in a Globalizing World.” His paper, titled “Scottish Roots of Engineering Science in Japan,” analyzes the role played by engineering scientists from Scotland in the establishment of the Imperial College of Engineering in Tokyo during the 1870’s.