Science historian to discuss his book April 5 at Grinnell College

Published: Thursday, March 29, 2012 11:58 a.m. CDT

GRINNELL — Science and technology historian James R. Fleming will discuss his recent book, “Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control,” at a Grinnell College Scholars’ Convocation at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 5, in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center on the Grinnell campus. 

“Fixing the Sky” has drawn attention for its chronology of man vs. nature attempts at climate control, the latest in geoengineering. Fleming studied astronomy and atmospheric science before earning a Ph.D. in history at Princeton. A professor of science, technology and society at Colby College in Maine, his teaching bridges the sciences and humanities, with research interests in the history of geophysical sciences. 

Fleming was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2003 for his “pioneering studies on the history of meteorology and climate change,” and is the founder and first president of the International Commission on History of Meteorology. 

Fleming’s Grinnell lecture is part of the college’s ongoing Scholars’ Convocation series. Information on parking and accessibility is available on the college website. Accommodation requests may be made to Conference Operations at (641) 269-3235 or

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