Professor of History of Science
Department of Chemistry
Truman State University
Kirksville, MO 63501
(660) 785-4045 (fax)
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B.S., University of Minnesota
M.S., Indiana University
Ph.D., Indiana University
History of Science to 1700 (NASC 400)
History of Science since1700 (NASC 401)
Science in Germany, 1800-1945 (HIST 366)
Organic Chemistry Lecture (CHEM 329 and 331)
Organic Chemistry I and II Lab (CHEM 330 and 332)
Organic Chemistry (Super) Lab (CHEM 333)
Extraterrestrial Life (JINS 362)
Dr. Ramberg has been at Truman State since 2001, and despite being located in the chemistry department, is a professionally trained historian of science who is responsible for teaching history of science on campus. He teaches a two-semester survey of the history of science (NASC 400 and 401) that explores the study of the natural world from the ancient Greeks to Watson and Crick, a JINS course on the history of the extraterrestrial life debate, and has taught History of Science in Germany, 1800-1945 for the history department.
He is a past Fulbright fellow and has been awarded research grants from the National Science Foundation. He spent a year doing dissertation research at the Deutsches Museum in Munich, Germany, and before arriving at Truman served a two year appointment as a research scholar at the Max-Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, Germany. Ramberg has a broad interest in the history of the natural sciences, and specializes in the history of chemistry generally, and chemistry in nineteenth century Germany in particular, with emphasis on both institutional and conceptual history. He is the author of Chemical Structure, Spatial Arrangement: The Early History of Stereochemistry, 1874-1914 (Ashgate, 2003), and has published articles in Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences, Ambix, and Annals of Science. He is a member of the History of Science Society, Treasurer for the Midwest Junto for the history of science, and an affiliate member of the History of Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society.