Bruce T. MoranBruce T. Moran

Professor of History,
University Foundation Professor, and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy

Ph.D., Univeristy of California, Los Angeles, 1978

Mack Social Sciences, MSS 210
Phone: (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).  Another book,  Private Matters: Personal Practices and Alchemical Agendas in Early Modern Europe 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, and, most recently,  was named Dibner Distinguished Fellow in the History of Science and Technology and the Huntington Library in San Marino for 2010-2011.  Along with regularly scheduled courses and participation in the university’s Core Humanities Program, he also teaches several specialty courses such as The World of Leonardo: Art, Science, and the Human Body in the Renaissance; The Trial of Galileo: Science and Religion in the Early Modern Era; Mind, Madness, and Culture; and Renaissance Science and the Secrets of Nature.


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 281: Introduction to the History of Science: ancient world to the seventeeth century
  • History 282: Introduction to the History of Science: Newton to Einstein
  • History 385: Early Modern Europe
  • History 480A/680A: Problems and Topics in the History and Philosophy of Science
  • History 481/681 (Capstone): Mind, Madness and Culture
  • History 490A/690A: History of Early Medicine
  • History 701: Philosophy of History
  • History 711: Seminar in Early Modern Europe
  • History 740: Seminar in the History of Science
  • CH 202: The Modern World