- Notes on Contributors
Steffen Ducheyne is Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Research Foundation—Flanders (FWO-Vlaanderen) and is associated with the Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science and the Centre for History of Science at Ghent University. His main interests are the history of scientific methodology (with a strong emphasis on Newton and Whewell).
Darrin Durant is an Assistant Professor of Science & Technology Studies, at York University, Canada. Dr. Durant's research focuses on disputes between experts and publics, and he has published widely on controversies involving nuclear waste management, nuclear power, and public policy about energy options. He has recently published an edited collection, entitled Nuclear Waste Management in Canada: Critical Issues, Critical Perspectives.
Allan D. Franklin is professor of physics at the University of Colorado. He has worked on the history and philosophy of experiment in physics. His most recent book, in collaboration with Anthony Edwards, Daniel Fairbanks, Daniel Hartl, and Teddy Seidenfeld, is Ending the Mendel-Fisher Controversy.
Michela Massimi is Lecturer in History and Philosophy of Science in the Department of Science and Technology Studies, University College London. Before joining UCL in 2005, she was Research Fellow at Girton College, University of Cambridge (2002–2005). She is the author of Pauli's exclusion principle. The origin and validation of a scientific principle (2005), and the editor of Kant and Philosophy of Science Today (2008). [End Page 276]
Vitězslav Orel studied at the Agricultural University in Brno in 1945–1949 and was captivated by the teaching of genetics in animal breeding. However, genetics was stigmatized as a reactionary science in 1948 in the then Czechoslovakia. He found a post in the newly established Research institute of poultry industry with the wish to apply genetics to poultry breeding. Since 1964, with the renovation of the Mendel museum in Brno, named the Mendelianum, his studies centered on the reconstruction of genetics in the historical investigation of Mendel's discovery. In 1965–1990 he was the head of the Mendelianum, in 1968–71 extramural professor of animal genetics at the Veterinary Faculty of Brno, and in 1972–89 extramural professor of animal genetics at Natural Faculty of Brno. In 1989 Ph. D. in biological sciences from the University of Prague. In 1992 the Veterinary Surgeons Society published the list of his 317 selected papers and books from 1948 to 2002. Retired from the Mendelianum in Brno and working at home, he investigated the origin of the research question of heredity and the essence and justification of Mendel's discovery in the broader historical network. Among the 60 publications after retirement are also books published by Oxford University Press: Gregor Mendel the first geneticist in 1996 and Genetic Prehistory in Selective Breeding a Prelude to Mendel (with R. J. Wood) in 2001. [End Page 277]