Dr. Rajive Tiwari

Dr. Rajive Tiwari
Professor and Coordinator,
Physics

Meet Dr. Rajive Tiwari

OF NOTE: Brings over 26 years of teaching undergraduate physics to his role as a professor and as the Coordinator of the Physics-Mathematics Minor. Recipient of the Faculty Excellence Award.

When not in the classroom, can often be found: Publishing research on the intersection of science, religion and politics in colonial and postcolonial India.

Popular quote: I feel indebted to all my teachers for the knowledge they have provided me. For me, teaching, passing on that knowledge, is a way of paying back that debt in my own small way.

Examples of the classes taught by Rajive Tiwari:
  • Taught Modern Physics, General Physics, College Algebra, and Trigonometry
  • Co-taught the Honors Institute Senior Seminar on Modernity
  • Committee Work: Academic Affairs, Professional Affairs, Great Books, Core Assessment, Honors Institute Seminar, Faculty Welfare
  • B.S., St. Stephens College
  • M.S., Rutgers University
  • Ph.D., Rutgers University
  • “Anatomy of Reception: Science, Nation and Religion in Hindi-Language Print Media of Colonial South Asia” in Science and Empire: Knowledge and Networks of Science across the British Empire, 1800–1970, Edited By Brett Bennett and Joseph Hodge, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011
  •  Dictionary of Physics (in Hindi), National Publishing House, Delhi 2006
  •  “A Transnarrative for the Colony: Astronomy Education and Religion in 19th Century India”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol XLI, No 13, April 1 -7, 2006
  •  “Carrying the Magic Lantern: Fr. Lafont and Scientific Autonomy in Colonial India”, Delta Epsilon Sigma Journal, Winter, 2004
  •  “Phase Diagram of 3He–4He Mixture Films”, with W. I. Glaberson Physical Review B, Vol. 42, No. 4, 1990
  •  “Apples But Also Oranges” in the Belmont Abbey College magazine, Crossroads, Fall/Winter 2007
  •  Editorial Assistant – “How Do You Say It In English: A Hindi-English Dictionary of Idioms and Proverbs”, New Delhi, 1997
  • “Faithful Translations: Religion and the Encounter with Western Science in Colonial India”, International Research Network for the Study of Science & Belief in Society, 4-6 July, 2019, University of Birmingham, UK
  • “Through the Looking Glass of Print Media: Popular Reflections on Science, Nationalism and Religion in 19th-Century India” at “Science in Public: Past, Present and Future” conference held at University of Kent, Canterbury, 13-15 July 2016
  • “Science, modernity and religion in colonial India”, Being Modern: Science and Culture in the early 20th century, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, 22-24 April 2015
  •  “Popular Perceptions of Western Science in Nineteenth-Century India”, Intellectual Hinterlands Conference of the International Society for Intellectual History, University of Toronto, June 25-27, 2014
  •  “Meaning of Science and the Social Context: Case of 19th Century India” AAPT Summer Meeting, Portland, Oregon, July 16, 2013
  •  “Meaning of Science and the Social Context: The Case of Nineteenth-Century India”, NCS-AAPT, UNC Asheville, November 2011
  •  “Western Science in Late 19th-Early 20th Century Hindi-Language Print Media”, at the International Congress of History of Science and Technology, Budapest, Hungary, 2009
  •  “Western Science in Late 19th-Early 20th Century Hindi-Language Print Media”, at the 3 Societies Meeting, Oxford University, UK, July 2008
  •  “Astronomy education and religion in colonial India” at the joint conference of History of Science Society, Philosophy of Science Society and Society for Social Studies of Science, November 1 – 5, 2006, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  •  “Science, Religion and Nation in 19th Century Hindi Magazines”, National Institute of Science, Technology and Development, New Delhi, India; July 2008.
  •  “Physics Education, Religion and Colonialism in 19th Century India” at the Fall meeting of NCS-AAPT at Elon University; September 29-30, 2006

Low temperature physics and the Study of how science, religion and politics mutually interacted in colonial and postcolonial India

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