Montana State University

Department of History and Philosophy

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172320
Bozeman, MT 59717-3440

Tel: (406) 994-4395
Fax: (406) 994-7420
Location: Wilson Hall 2-155

Department Chair

Dr. David Cherry

Michael Reidy, Associate Professor of History


Tyndall Correspondence Project Director

For More Information on John Tyndall, Click Here

Current Semester

Spring 2014 Courses:

HSTR 282CS: Darwinian Revolution

HSTR 467: History of Mountaineering

Advising: History BA, History-SETS Option

Office Hours: Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00pm, and by appointment

Office: 2-170 Wilson Hall


Phone: (406) 994-5252

Curriculum Vitae: Click Here

Research Interests

History of Science and Technology

History of Mountaineering

History of the Oceans


PhD, History of Science and Technology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 1999

University of Cambridge, Visiting Studentship, 1997-98

University of Mississippi, Department of Physics, 1991-1992

BA, Program of Liberal Studies, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, 1991

Awards, Honors, and Affiliations

President's Excellence in Teaching Award, 2012

National Science Foundation, Collaborative Research Grant, Science and Technology Studies. PI, “John Tyndall and Nineteenth-Century Science.” (2009)

Charles & Nora L. Wiley Faculty Award for Meritorious Research, (2009)

Montana State University Scholarship and Creativity Grant for the Advancement of the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (2008)

College of Letters and Science, Outstanding Teaching Award (2004-2005).

Co-PI, National Science Foundation Small Grant for Training and Research, "Mile High, Mile Deep: Imagining and Modifying Topographical and Subterranean Environments" (2004)

National Science Foundation, Arctic Social Science Program, Co-PI, “Maury Workshop in the History of Polar Oceanography (2004)

Andrew W. Mellon Travel Fellowship, University of Oklahoma, (2003)

Select Publications

Tides of History Machines Communicating Science Reidy - Exploration and Science

“John Tyndall’s Vertical Physics: From Rock Quarries to Icy Peaks,” Physics in Perspective, 1st Entry, 2010.

“From Oceans to Mountains: Constructing Space in the Imperial Mind,” In Knowing Global Environments: New Historical Perspectives on the Field Sciences, edited by Jeremy Vetter, Rutgers University Press, 2010. 

Communicating Science:  The Scientific Journal Article from the Seventeenth Century to the Present (Oxford University Press, 2002; Parlor Press, 2009)

“The Royal Navy and the Rise of Modern Geophysics,” Trafalgar Chronicle, No. 18 (2008), pp. 222-237.

“At the Height of Empire:  Halford John Mackinder and the Foundation of Geography in England,” Newsletter of the History of Science Society 37, no. 2 (2008): 24, 18-19.

Tides of History: Ocean Science and Her Majesty’s Navy (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2008).

Exploration and Science. Co-authored with Erik Conway and Gary Kroll.  (New York: ABC-CLIO, 2006).