Richard Hamerla

Associate Professor and Associate Dean
Joe C. and Carole Kerr McClendon Honors College
Richard HamerlaThe University of Oklahoma

Dr. Richard Hamerla completed his Ph.D. at Case Western Reserve University in 2000. He also has degrees from the University of Akron and Kent State University. His research interests vary widely, as his C.V. suggests. Dr. Hamerla has worked on topics dealing with the history of American chemistry and physics in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, scientific apparatus, and science on the “American research frontier.” Recently, Hamerla’s areas of concentration have shifted to more contemporary scientific issues, including the development, history, use, and importance of weapons and weapon systems. Dr. Hamerla has received many academic honors including the Edlestein International Studentship and the Carl Ubbelohde Prize for Teaching. His book, Two Centuries of Progress; A Bicentenial History of the Chemical Industry inCleveland, 1796-1996 was published in 1996. His recent book, An American Scientist on the Research Frontier; Edward Morley, Community, and Radical Ideas in Nineteenth-Century Science was released in the spring of 2006.

Recent Publications

 An American Scientist on the Research Frontier

“History of Bioweapons Development and Deployment.” In Biodefense: Principles and Pathogens, edited by Michael S. Bronze and Ronald A. Greenfield. Wymondham, Norfolk, England: Horizon Science, 2005.

“Edward Williams Morley and the Atomic Weight of Oxygen: The Death of Prout‘s Hypothesis Revisited.” Annals of Science 60 (October, 2003): 351-372.

“The Morley-Michelson Experiment?” Chemical Heritage (June 2000).


An American Scientist on the Research Frontier: Edward Morley,
Community, and Radical Ideas in
Nineteenth-Century Science.
Dordrecht: Springer, 2006.