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President’s Message

Greetings from the President

I am grateful to have this opportunity to greet members of the Pacific Circle following the appointment of a new slate of office bearers at the International Congress on the History of Science at Manchester in July 2013. Thanks to my fellow office bearers (listed below) for their willingness to serve and for Peter Hoffenberg’s indefatigable and continuing work in keeping members informed of events and developments relevant to our concerns both through his regular emails and the production of the biennial bulletin. Peter has also overseen the establishment of a website which will enable more communication between members. The Manchester conference offered an opportunity to strengthen our ties with sister Commissions which are represented on our council by the ex officio membership of representatives from the History of Oceanography Commission and the ‘Science and Empires’ Commission, these being respectively Jacob Hamblin and Michael Osborne, both of the Oregon State University. At the conference, too, Roy MacLeod was the invited discussant at all the sessions of the Oceanography Commission, and chaired a session on nuclear history in the East Asia Commission.

The wide expanse of the Pacific Circle is underlined by the active participation of members from around the Pacific Rim. Like my predecessor, Roy MacLeod, I am based in Sydney though in my case at the University of New South Wales. My own work has been on exploration and culture contact in the age of the Enlightenment, the theme of my forthcoming book, Encountering the Pacific in the Age of the Enlightenment (Cambridge UP, 2014). I hope that the activities of the Pacific Circle will enable me to meet a growing number of you, most immediately through the sponsoring by the Pacific Circle of a panel at the History of Science conference in Chicago, 6-9 November 2014.

With best wishes

John Gascoigne


The Pacific Circle

Officers and Council Members



President: John Gascoigne, University of New South Wales, Australia

Former President: Roy MacLeod, University of Sydney, Australia

Vice President: Zuoyue Wang, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, USA

Secretary/Editor: Peter Hoffenberg, University of Hawaii, USA

Council Members:

Antony Adler, University of Washington, Seattle, USA

Warwick H. Anderson, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

Jianjun Mei, Needham Institute, University of Cambridge, England

Buhm Soon Park, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, (KAIST), Daejeon, South Korea

Miao Tian, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

Philip K. Wilson, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN

Christine Winter, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

Ex-officio Council members:

Commission on the History of Oceanography: Jacob Hamblin, Oregon State University, Portland, Oregon, USA

Commission on Sciences and Empire Commission: Michael Osborne, Oregon State