Éloge to Robert Fox


  • Efthymios Nicolaidis Institute of Historical Research, National Hellenic Research Foundation




Robert Fox, Alexandre Koyré Medal in 2016, International Academy of the History of Science, 7th International Conference of the European Society for the History of Science, Prague, 23 September 2016


The 20th Alexandre Koyré Medal awarded since 1968 to prominent historians of science was awarded to Robert Fox, leading historian of European science of the period from the 18th to the beginnings of the 20th century. The Medal was presented to Robert Fox during the 7th International Conference of the European Society for the History of Science, Prague, 23 September 2016, and the Éloge describes his career and work.

Author Biography

Efthymios Nicolaidis, Institute of Historical Research, National Hellenic Research Foundation


Buchwald, Jed Z.; Fox, Robert (eds.) 2013: The Oxford handbook of the history of physics. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199696253.

Centre D’Historia de la Ciencia 2015: Robert Fox, catedrático emérito de Historia de la Ciencia de la Universidad de Oxford, en la celebración del 20 aniversario del CEHIC (19/10/2015). Available online: http://www.cehic.es/ficha_noticies.php?sitelang=es&idnoti=353.

Fox, Robert 1967: The study of the thermal properties of gases in relation to physical theory from Montgolfier to Regnault. Doctoral Thesis. Oxford: Oxford University.

Fox, Robert 1971: The caloric theory of gases from Lavoisier to Regnault. Oxford: The Clarendon Press. Pp. xvi + 378. ISBN 9780198581314.

Fox, Robert 1974: The Rise and Fall of Laplacean Physics. Historical Studies in the Physical Sciences 4, pp. 89–136. Available online: https://doi.org/10.2307/27757328 (purchase PDF). Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27757328.

Fox, Robert 1978: Sadi Carnot. Réflexions sur la puissance motrice du feu. Edition critique avec introduction et commentaire, augmentée de documents d’archives et de divers manuscrits de Carnot. Paris: Librairie Philosophique J. Vrin. Pp. 371; also editions in English (1986: Sadi Carnot. Reflections on the Motive Power of Fire: a Critical Edition with the Surviving Scientific Manuscripts. Manchester: Manchester University Press, New York: Lilian Barber Press; ISBN 978-0-936508-16-0), German (1988), and Italian (1992).

Fox, Robert 1992: The culture of science in France, 1700–1900. Aldershot: Variorum. Pp. xiii + 335. ISBN 9780860783398.

Fox, Robert 2006: Curriculum Vitae. Available online: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cas/harriot/upload/fox_cv.doc.

Fox, Robert 2015: Lindemann and Einstein: The Oxford Connexion. In: Ana Simões, Jürgen Renn & Theodore Arabatzis (eds.), Relocating the History of Science. “Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science” 312 (Springer Verlag). Chapter 3, pp 23–31. Available online: https://books.google.pl/books?id=QV51CQAAQBAJ&pg=PA23.

Fox, Robert 2016: Science without Frontiers: Cosmopolitanism and National Interests in the World of Learning, 1870–1940. Corvallis, Oregon, USA: Oregon State University Press.

Fox, Robert 2017: The dream that never dies: the ideals and realities of cosmopolitanism in science, 1870–1940. Studia Historiae Scientiarum 16, pp. 29–47. Available online: https://doi.org/10.4467/2543702XSHS.17.004.7705.

The History of Science Society 2015: Science Society’s Sarton Medal. Available online: https://web.archive.org/web/20160712192918/http://www.chemheritage.org/about/news-and-press/press-releases/2015-11-24-robert-fox-awarded-the-history-of-science-societys-sarton-medal.aspx.

Whiteside, Derek Thomas 1967–1974: The Mathematical Papers of Isaac Newton (the first three volumes with the assistance in publication of M. A. Hoskin, the other volumes with the assistance in publication of M. A. Hoskin and A. Prag). Vol. I 1664–1666 (1967, 638 pp., illus.); vol. II 1667–1670 (1968, 556 pp., illus.); vol. III 1670–1673 (1969, 626 pp., illus.); vol. 4 1674–1684 (1971, 722 pp., illus.); vol. 5 1683–1684 (1972, 660 pp., illus.); vol. 6 1684–1691 (1974, 614 pp., illus.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Available online: http://assets.cambridge.org/97805210/45858/frontmatter/9780521045858_frontmatter.pdf.

Wikipedia 2017: Robert Fox (historian). Available online: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Fox_(historian).




How to Cite

Nicolaidis, E. (2017). Éloge to Robert Fox. Studia Historiae Scientiarum, 16, 21–27. https://doi.org/10.4467/2543702XSHS.17.003.7704