Robert Smith was awarded his PhD in the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge in 1979. He joined the Department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta in 1998. Before that, he was Chair of the Space History Department of the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Musem in Washington DC.He has been the Lindberg Chair of Aerospace History at the Smithsonian Institution and a Fellow of the National Humanities Centre, as well as a McCalla Professor and Killam Annual Professor at the University of Alberta.In 2016, he won the Faculty of Arts Award for Full Professors for Excellence in Research.
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Robert Smith very much enjoys teaching a wide range of courses. These stretch from a course on the history of the debate on the existence of extraterrestrial life to one on the history of World War II. In Fall Term 2018, he is teaching the following courses:
Fall Term 2018
HIST 296: World War II
HIST 486: Topics in the History of Technology: The History of Spaceflight
If you would more information on any of these courses, please email Professor Smith.
Pivotal events in the history of science, technology, and medicine using a wide variety of historical sources, such as photographs, artifacts, films, letters, and diaries.Winter Term 2021
The global conflict, with emphasis on political, social, scientific, and cultural aspects.Fall Term 2020
An examination of the major themes in the history of astronomy and cosmology from the ancient world to the present day.Winter Term 2021
Prerequisite: *3 in HIST at the 300-level or consent of Department.Fall Term 2020