Stephen Straker

Bio

Stephen Straker (1942-2004) was an historian of science at UBC for thirty years and the chief inspiration for the creation of the STS program. We honour his memory with an annual distinguished lecture.

  • History of Science

Stephen was an award-winning teacher; some of his own undergraduate lectures in history of science have been preserved. You can listen to them here.

  • Coordinator: Science, Technology & Society Studies, Faculty of Graduate Studies, continuing.
  • General BA Board of Studies, Faculty of Arts, 1990-93.
  • Chair: College Liaison & Articulation Committee, Department of History, 1992-94.
  • Chair: Student Advising Committee and Majors Advisor, Department of History, 1992-present.
  • Faculty Advisor, Arts Advising Office, 1993-present.
  • Committee on Interdisciplinary Transfer Credits, Faculty of Arts, 1993-97.
  • Standing Committee on Admissions Appeals, Faculty of Arts, 1993-present.
  • Program Planning Committee, Green College Science and Society Group, 1994-present.
  • Coordinator: Science Studies Program, Faculty of Arts, 1995-present.

Articles/Book Chapters

S. M. Straker, “A "New Physiognomy of Servitude": Some Comments on a New Philosophy of Science”, 4S Review, vol. 2, pp. 5-11, 1984.

S. Straker, “Kepler, Tycho, and the 'Optical Part of Astronomy': the Genesis of Kepler's Theory of Pinhole Images”, Archive for History of Exact Sciences, vol. 24, pp. 267-293, 1981.

Additional

S. Straker, “Stephen Straker fonds”. 2005.

S. M. Straker, “KEPLER'S OPTICS: A STUDY IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY NATURAL PHILOSOPHY”. 1971.

S. Straker, “Optics and Methodology in the 17th Century”, Science, vol. 170. pp. 1074-1076, 1970.