Bruce T. Moran

Professor of History
University Foundation Professor
Adjunct Professor of Philosophy
Ph.D., Univeristy of California, Los Angeles, 1978


Lincoln Hall, 202
(775) 784-6677


Professor Moran joined the faculty of the University of Nevada in 1976. His primary areas of study are the history of science, early medicine, and European cultural and intellectual history. In addition to numerous articles, he is the author of The Alchemical World of the German Court (1991);Chemical Pharmacy Enters the University: Joahnnes Hartmann and the Didactic Care of Chymiatria(1991); (ed.) Patronage and Institutions: Science, Technology and Medicine at the European Court(1991); (Trans. and commentary) The Herbarius of Paracelsus (1993); (co-ed.) Disease and Medical Care in the Intermountain West: Essays on Region, History, and Practice (1998); Distilling Knowledge: Alchemy, Chemistry, and the Scientific Revolution (2005); and Andreas Libavius and the Transformation of Alchemy: Separating Chemical Cultures with Polemical Fire (2007).  An edited volume, Bridging Traditions: Alchemy, Chemistry, and Paracelsian Practices in the Early Modern Era is forthcoming in 2015, and another book, Alchemical Practices and the Objects of Everyday is underway. He has been a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Kassel), a guest professor at the Institute for the History of Pharmacy (Marburg), a visiting scholar in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science (Cambridge), and an honorary research associate at the Welcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine (London). He has received grants from the Humboldt Foundation and the National Science Foundation, and was named UNR’s Outstanding Researcher for 2009.  Most recently he has been named Dibner Distinguished Fellow in the History of Science and Technology at the Huntington Library (2010-2011), Distinguished Visiting Faculty, Harvard University (2012-1013), and Gorden Cain Distinguished Fellow, Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia (2014-2015). 

When he is not being a professor Moran likes playing and listening to music, hiking, cross-country skiing, and being a fan of all the teams in the German Bundesliga and in the British Premier League.


History 281R: Magic, Marvels, and Nature in the Pre-Modern World

History 385R: Witches, Wars, and Wisdom in the Early Modern Era

History 480/680: Science, Technology and Society

History 480A/680A: Problems in the History and Philosophy of Science

History 480B/680B: Renaissance Science and the Secrets of Nature

History 481/681: Mind Madness, and Culture: Psychotherapy in Europe and America

History 490A/690A: History of Early Medicine

History 711: Seminar in Early Modern Europe

History 740: Seminar in the History of Science