Professor of Physics and Applied Physics and Former Vice Provost, California Institute of Technology
Areas of Interest:
physics, education, ethics in science and technology, climate change
Dr. David L. Goodstein, Ph.D., Professor of Physics and Applied Physics and Former Vice Provost at
Caltech, where he has been on the faculty for more than 35 years. In 1995, he was named the Frank
J. Gilloon Distinguished Teaching and Service Professor. In 1999, he was awarded the Oersted Medal
of the American Association of Physics Teachers, and in 2000, the John P. McGovern Medal of
the Sigma Xi Society. He has served on and chaired numerous scientific
and academic panels, including the National Advisory Committee to the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate of the National
Science Foundation. He is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the California Council
on Science and Technology. His books include States of Matter (Prentice Hall, 1975, Dover, 1985) and Feynman's Lost Lecture
(Norton, 1996), written with his wife, Dr. Judith Goodstein. In the 1980s he was Director and
host of The Mechanical Universe, an educational television series that has been used by millions
of students all over the world.
In recent times, while continuing to teach and conduct research in experimental Condensed Matter Physics, Dr. Goodstein has turned
his attention to issues related to science and society. In articles, speeches and colloquia he has
addressed conduct and misconduct in science, the end of exponential growth of the scientific enterprise,
and issues related to fossil fuel and the climate of Planet Earth.
Dr. Goodstein has been Caltech's Vice Provost since 1988. He was appointed a CCST Fellow in 2008.
Senior Fellows Roster
Atkinson, Richard C.
Bell, C. Gordon
Bennett, Alan B.
Bishop, J. Michael
Cárdenas. Alfonso F.
Clegg, Michael T.
Cominsky, Lynn R.
Coye, Molly Joel
Drake, Michael V.
Elster, Richard S.
Fowler, T. Kenneth
Gurol, Mirat D.
Huang, Alice S.
Hubbard, G. Scott
King, C. Judson
Lee, William C.Y.
Long, Jane C. S.
Macari, Emir Jose
Martin, David W.
McLean, William J.
Miller, William F.
Moses, Edward I.
Niebla, J. Fernando
Nikias, C.L. Max
Nova, Tina S.
Patel, C. Kumar
Qayoumi, Mohammad H.
Richmond, Rollin C.
Tanner, R. Michael
Tarter, C. Bruce
Zornetzer, Steven F.