I am a historian of modern science and technology. I'm interested in all kinds of things, many of which have something to do with scientific internationalism, the chemical sciences, and scientific data and information.

I'm currently Ziff Environmental Fellow at the Harvard University Center for the Environment, where I'm working on a project that I'm calling Regulating the Molecular World: Toxicology, Information Technology, and the Environment. I recently completed my PhD in the Program in History of Science at Princeton University, where I wrote a dissertation entitled Nominally Rational: Systematic Nomenclature and the Structure of Organic Chemistry, 1889-1940, supervised by Michael Gordin.

I have previously spent a year each as Herdegen Fellow in the History of Scientific Information at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, course developer for an online education startup, and marketeer for a leading purveyor of collectible figurines. I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and live in Somerville, MA.

Contact

History of Science
1 Oxford Street, SC371
Cambridge, MA 02138
hepler@fas.harvard.edu
@ehepler

Greetings!

Here's a video in which I talk a bit about my research.