John Stachel

John Stachel, Brief Curriculum Vitae

Current Positions:

Professor Emeritus of Physics and Director of the Center for Einstein Studies, Boston University


  • B.S.- City College of the College of the City of New York, 1956
  • M.S., 1959, Ph. D., 1962- Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Post-Doctoral Research at the University of Pittsburgh, 1962-1964

Work History:

  • Instructor of Physics, Lehigh University, 1959-1961; University of Pittsburgh, 1961-1964
  • Assistant Professor of Physics, 1964-1969; Associate Professor 1969-1972, Full Professor 1972-1996, Professor Emeritus 1996-present, Boston University
  • Director of the Center for Einstein Studies, Boston University, 1985-present
  • Founding Editor, Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Princeton University Press, 1977-1988
  • Visiting Professorships at: Princeton University; Center for Advanced Studies, Mexico; King’s College, London; University of Paris VI; Max Planck Institute for History of Science, Berlin; Institute for Theoretical Physics, Warsaw; California Institute of Technology; University of California Berkeley.

Research and Publications:

  • Author of about 100 papers in theoretical physics (primarily general relativity theory), philosophy and history of science, Marxism, etc. See Revisiting the Foundations of Relativistic Physics: Festschrift in Honor of John Stachel, (Kluwer Academic Publishers 2003), pp. 641-649 for a list up to 2003; Center Annual Reports for more recent publications.
  • Currently Editor, Einstein Studies, Birkhäuser, eleven volumes published between 1987-2005

Recent books:

  • Einstein’s Miraculous Year, Princeton University Press 1998; adopted as monthly selection by Library of Science Book Club and
    corresponding British book club; Indian edition, Scientia 2001; translated into Portuguese, Chinese, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish . Second Edition with new “Introduction,” 2005
  • Einstein from ‘B’ to ‘Z’, Birkhäuser Boston, 2002
  • Going Critical, a selection of papers in three volumes to appear

Some Recent Honors:

  • Conference on “Space-Time, Quantum Entanglement and Critical Epistemology” in honor of 70th birthday, Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science, Berlin 1998. See Revisiting the Foundations of Relativistic Physics: Festschrift in Honor of John Stachel, Kluwer Academic Publishers 2003.
  • Conference on “Perspectives in Quantum Gravity: A Tribute to John Stachel” in honor of his 75th birthday, Boston University 2003
  • Over fifty invited talks during the 2005 Einstein Centennial Year of Physics, including the Master Mind Lecture (British Academy, London), Dibner Memorial Lecture (Smithsonian Institution, Washington), and lectures abroad in China, England, France, Italy, Nigeria, Poland, Portugal, Spain, etc.

Center Publications:

  • Einstein Studies (Birkhäuser Boston 198- date). Editors Don Howard and John Stachel. For titles See