Mary Jo Nye is the Thomas Hart and Mary Jones Homing Professor of the Humanities, the History of Science graduate program chair and a professor of history at Oregon State University. Dr. Nye was the 1999 recipient of the Dexter Award for Outstanding Achievement in the History of Chemistry, given by the American Chemical Society. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Her books include Before Big Science: The Pursuit of Modern Chemistry and Physics, 1800-1940 (1996), From Chemical Philosophy to Theoretical Chemistry: Dynamics of Matter and Dynamics of Disciplines, 1800-1950 (1993), and Blackett: Physics, War, and Politics in the 20th Century (2004). She has edited Modern Physical and Mathematical Sciences (2002), the fifth volume of the Cambridge History of Science series. Dr. Nye's current research includes studies of the Hungarian-born physical chemist Michael Polanyi and the British physicist and Nobel laureate P.M.S. Blackett.