Rev. John J. Cavanaugh Professor (emeritus) in Humanities in the Program of Liberal Studies and Graduate Program in History and Philosophy of Science

Michael Crowe

Education:
B.A., B.S., University of Notre Dame, 1958
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1965

Areas of Expertise: History of Astronomy and Physics, 1700-1900

Books:

  • A History of Vector Analysis (1967)
  • The Extraterrestrial Life Debate 1750-1900: The Idea of a Plurality of Worlds from Kant to Lowell (1986)
  • Theories of the World from Antiquity to the Copernican Revolution (1990)
  • (editor) The Letters and Papers of Sir John Herschel : A Guide to the Manuscripts and Microfilm (1991)
  • Modern Theories of the Universe from Herschel to Hubble (1994)
  • (editor) Calendar of the Correspondence of Sir John F. W. Herschel (1998)
  • Mechanics from Aristotle to Einstein (2007)
  • The Extraterrestrial Life Debate, Antiquity to 1915: A Source Book (2008)
  • (editor) Ronald Knox and Sherlock Holmes: The Origin of Sherlockian Studies (2011)
  • (co-editor), F. J. Crosson’s Ten Philosophical Essays in the Christian Tradition (2015)

Recent Articles:

  • "Astronomy and Religion: Some Historical Interactions Regarding Belief in Extraterrestrial Intelligent Life" (2001)
  • “Extraterrestrial Life and Christianity” (2007)
  • “The Surprising History of Claims for Life on the Sun” (2011)
  • “The Extraterrestrial Life Debate from Antiquity to 1900” in Douglas A. Vakoch (ed.), Astrobiology, History, and Society: Life beyond Earth and the Impact of Discovery (2013)
  • “History of the fFactor before 1961 in the Drake Equation” in Douglas Vakoch and Matthew Dowd (eds.), The Drake Equation (2015)
  • "William Whewell, the Plurality of Worlds, and the Modern Solar System," Zygon (2016)
  • "William and John Herschel: Their Quest for Extraterrestrial Intelligent Life," in Clifford Cunningham (ed.), The Scientific Legacy of William Herschel (2017)

Office: 516 Flanner
Email: Michael.J.Crowe.1@nd.edu
Departmental webpage: pls.nd.edu/faculty/michael-crowe/ or nd.edu/~mcrowe1/
Phone: 574-631-6212


In 2010, Professor Crowe was awarded the LeRoy Doggett Prize by the American Astronomical Society in recognition of his lifelong contributions to the history of astronomy.