Faculty at the School of Arts and Humanities

David Channell


Areas of Specialization:  History of science, technology and medicine; philosophy of science and technology; science and religion; art and technology; 18th- to 20th-century European intellectual history; 19th-century British history.

Office:  JO 5.422
Mail Station:  JO 31
Email:  [email protected]
Phone:  972-883-2007

Since coming to UT Dallas in 1975, David F. Channell has spent one year as a fellow at the National Humanities Institute at the University of Chicago. His research has focused on the relationship between science and technology. Recently he has also begun work on the relationship between science, technology and religion, and on the relationship between art and technology. Professor Channell has received a number of grants and awards to support his research in the history of science and technology.

Professor Channell has published three books, including: The Vital Machine: A Study of Technology and Organic Life (N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 1991); The History of Engineering Science: An Annotated Bibliography (N.Y.: Garland, 1989); and Scottish Men of Science--W.J.M. Rankine (Scotland's Cultural Heritage, 1986). He is currently completing a book on How Engineering Became a Science and How Science is Becoming Engineering which will be published by Oxford University Press. He has also published over 50 articles, essays and reviews on the subject of the interaction of science and technology, and he has presented more that 40 professional papers in the U.S., Canada, Scotland, Germany, Sweden, France, Hungary, Romania, the Netherlands and China. He has also written an article entitled "The Computer at Nature's Core," published in Wired Magazine (February 2004).

Professor Channell is a member of the Society for the History of Technology, the International Committee for the History of Technology (ICOHTEC), the History of Science Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Sigma Xi. He has served on the Executive Council of the Society for the History of Technology and has served as an Advisory Editor for the journal Technology and Culture. Professor Channell has been named to Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, and Who's Who in the South and Southwest.


PhD, History of Science and Technology, Case Western Reserve University, 1975
MS, Physics, Case Western Reserve University, 1969
BS, Physics, Case Institute of Technology, 1967

Curriculum Vitae:  David Channell's CV