Kenneth L. Taylor

Hudson/Torchmark Presidential Professor, EmeritusKenneth L. Taylor

A.B. Magna cum laude, History and Science, Harvard University, 1962
Ph.D., History of Science, Harvard University, 1968

A native of California, he was educated at Harvard University (A.B. 1962, A.M. 1965, Ph.D. 1968). A faculty member at the University of Oklahoma since 1967, he served as Department Chair for 14 years. He recently completed a four-year term (2012‒2016) as President of the International Commission on the History of Geological Sciences (INHIGEO), a commission of both the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) and the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IUHPST). For his work in the history of geology, he has won awards from the Geological Society of America and the Geological Society of London. His OU honors include the Regents’ Award for Superior Professional and University Service (1994), and — by vote of the undergraduate honors students — the Glenn C. Couch Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (1969).

Recent Publications









Before volcanoes became ordinary. By Kenneth L. Taylor.
In History of Geoscience: Celebrating 50 years of INHIGEO, edited by Wolf Mayer, Renee M. Clary, Luz F. Azuela, Teresa S. Mota, and Stanislaw Wołkowicz. Geological Society of London, Special Publication 442. doi 10.1144/SP442.27. Published online 2016; print edition 2017.


Historians of geology in the field: a half-century of INHIGEO excursions. By Mike R. Johnston and Kenneth L. Taylor.
In History of Geoscience: Celebrating 50 years of INHIGEO, edited by Wolf Mayer, Renee M. Clary, Luz F. Azuela, Teresa S. Mota, and Stanislaw Wołkowicz. Geological Society of London, Special Publication 442. doi 10.1144/SP442.17. Published online 2016; print edition 2017.


[Currently, texts of these two articles cannot be posted.   Anyone wanting a copy can contact Ken Taylor.]












  The Earth Sciences in the Enlightenmen
 
Studies on Eighteenth-Century Geology. 
 
                                                             
 
                                                             
 

 

The Earth Sciences in the Enlightenment: Studies on the Early Development of Geology. Variorum Collected Studies Series. Ashgate Publishing, Aldershot, UK, and
 Burlington, VT, USA, 2008.


 
Studies on Eighteenth-Century Geology. By Rhoda Rappaport. Edited with an introduction by Kenneth L. Taylor and Martin J. S. Rudwick. Variorum Collected Studies Series. CS 986, Ashgate Publishing, 2011.
 

Names on the Range: Scientists and Science in the Naming of Sierra Nevada Features.

A poster presented at the 39th symposium of the International Commission on the History of Geological Sciences (INHIGEO), Asilomar Conference Grounds, California, July 2014.

One of the conference themes was “California’s Place in the History of the Earth Sciences.”

 

"A Peculiarly Personal Encyclopedia: What Desmarest's Géographie-Physique tells us about his life and work," published in Earth Sciences History, 2013, 32(1): 39-54.

 Journal of International GeoscienceClassic paper (translation and historical commentary):
Nicolas Desmarest's essay on determination of epochs of nature through volcanic products, 1775/1779.
Published in Episodes: Journal of International Geoscience, 2009, 32: 114-124.
 Telliamed in its time “Telliamed in its time,” a survey review in Metascience