Marvin Bolt, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Main Focus

  • History of the early telescope
  • Material culture
  • Artistic representation of scientific topics

Research project

Visualizing the Heavens: The Material Culture of Early Telescopes and the Star of Bethlehem

Curriculum Vitae

A rewarding 5-year stint teaching high school math, physics, and computer science led Marvin Bolt to pursue graduate work at the University of Notre (MA, History and Philosophy of Science; MA, Philosophy; Ph.D., History). As Curator, Vice President for Collections, and Director of the Webster Institute at Chicago’s Adler Planetarium, he focused on engaging public audiences with the material culture of science through exhibitions, public programs, planetarium shows, and educational efforts. His research program on early telescopes took him to numerous museums and private collections throughout Europe, and informed his ongoing inventory of the world’s surviving examples made prior to 1775. His efforts as Curator of Science and Technology at the Corning Museum of Glass (New York state) broadened his professional interests into interdisciplinary studies of art, history, science, and technology. A stint at Technische Universität Berlin enabled a broader exploration of achromatic lenses, one of the topics of his research at Bibliotheca Hertziana.

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