• strick
Professor, Program Chair of Environmental Studies, Program Chair of Science, Technology and Society



Office: HAC101

Office Hours 

FA2020 Module 1: Wednesdays 10:15-11:45 a.m. (except Sept. 9), 12-1 p.m. and by appointment.  


James Strick is Associate Professor in the Dept. of Earth and Environment and Chair of the Program in Science, Technology and Society, at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. Originally trained in microbiology (SUNY College of Environmental Science, 1983), and later in history of science (Princeton University, 1997), Dr. Strick has published extensively on the history of ideas and experiments about the origin of life, including Sparks of Life: Darwinism and the Victorian Debates over Spontaneous Generation (Harvard, 2000) and, with Steven Dick, The Living Universe: NASA and the Development of Astrobiology (Rutgers, 2004). He is also the editor of two six volume collections of primary sources: Evolution and the Spontaneous Generation Debate (Thoemmes, 2001) and The Origin of Life Debate: Molecules, Cells, and Generation (Thoemmes, 2004). Strick has been an advisory editor of ISIS and a member of the History of Science Society Council. Strick also taught high school and middle school biology, chemistry and environmental science from 1983-1993. He is very interested in science education and in the use of history of science as a tool in science pedagogy.


Doctor of Philosophy, History, Princeton University, 1997

Dissertation Topic: "The British Spontaneous Generation Debates of 1860-1880: Medicine, Evolution, and Laboratory Science in the Victorian Context"  

Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Gerald L. Geison

Master of Arts, History, Princeton University, 1993

Master of Science, Microbiology, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, 1983

Bachelor of Science, Biology and Secondary Education, SUNY College at Cortland, 1981


Editor, The Origin of Life Debate: Molecules, Cells, and Generation, a six volume series reissuing the primary sources of the doctrine of “histological molecules,” from Buffon and Needham (1748) through 1880 (Bristol, UK: Thoemmes Press, in preparation)

With Steven Dick, The Living Universe: From Exobiology to Astrobiology, (Rutgers U. Press, forthcoming).

Editor, Evolution and the Spontaneous Generation Debate, a six volume series, reissuing the primary works of Henry Charlton Bastian and a selection of his critics (Bristol, UK: Thoemmes Press, 2001)

Sparks of Life: Darwinism and the Victorian Debates over Spontaneous Generation (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2000)

Course Information

NTW 115 - Science Revolutions

ENV/STS 117 - The Environment and Human Values

STS/HIS 311 - History of Medicine

ENV/STS/HIS 312 - Environmental History

ENV/STS 313 - Nuclear Weapons, Power and Waste Disposal

STS/HIS 382 - The Darwinian Revolution