4 Questions for Peter Collopy

Jon Nalick and Peter Sachs Collopy, Caltech Magazine, 2017

What attracted you to archival science as a field and to Caltech specifically?

I’m primarily a historian of 20th-century science and technology. Caltech is one of the major places where that history has happened. In graduate school, I became interested in the history of computing and the ways the counterculture was experimenting with technology in the 1960s and ’70s, which also pulled me into the field of media studies. I wrote a dissertation about how psychiatrists, social scientists, and artists used the new technology of videotape to experiment with consciousness, and I’ve also written about debates about race in the fields of genetics and anthropology.

Subjects: archives, Caltech, science, universities
Category: discussions