Albert Van Helden, Emeritus

Albert Van Helden
Lynette S. Autry Professor Emeritus of History
Ph.D. Imperial College, University of London, 1970
M.A. University of Michigan, 1967
M.S. Stevens Insitute of Technology
B.S. Stevens Insitute of Technology
Areas of Interest: 
  • History of Astronomy
  • Scientific Instruments
Research and Teaching: 

I am currently preparing a new edition of my translation of Galileo’s Sidereus Nuncius. 

This year I will finish a book on Christiaan Huygens and the telescope.

Selected Publications: 
  • The Invention of the Telescope.  American Philosophical Society, Transactions, 67 (1977), no 4.  Reprinted with a new introduction, Transactions, 98, part 4 (2008)
  • Measuring the Universe: Cosmic Dimensions from Aristarchus to Halley.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1985.
  • Sidereus Nuncius or The Sidereal Messenger (Galileo Galilei).  Translated with introduction, conclusion and notes.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1989, new editions, 2014.
  • The History of Science in the Netherlands. (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1999), co-edited with L. C. Palm and K. van Berkel