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James C. Williams, PhD Biography

Emeritus Professor of History at De Anza College
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"

“While nuclear energy has not gone away and is still seen by many people as one of the best solutions to human energy needs, other energy resources such as solar, wind, and biomass also offer promise.

No matter where people find the energy to support their cultures and societies, it is plain that human life has been dominated by the age-old necessity for energy.”

“History of Energy,”, Apr. 25, 2006

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Emeritus Professor, History, De Anza College, 2004-present
  • Visiting Research Professor, Stetson University (DeLand, FL), 2012-present
  • Editor-in-Chief, ICON: Journal of the International Committee for the History of Technology, 2011-present
  • President, International Committee for the History of Technology, 2009-2013
  • Vice President, International Committee for the History of Technology, 2001-2009
  • Professsor, De Anza College, 1993-2004
  • Co-Founder and Co-Chair, Envirotech, Technology and Environment Special Interest Group, Society of the History of Technology and the American Society of Environmental History, 2000-2004
  • Executive Committee Member, International Committee for the History of Technology, 1998-2001
  • Sites Committee Chairperson, American Society for Environmental History, 1999-2000
  • Treasurer, Society for the History of Technology, 1992-2000
  • Recipient, Distinguished Service Award, California Council for the Promotion of History, Sep. 1994
  • President and Board Member, Gilroy Historical Society, 1982-1994
  • Executive Director, California History Center Foundation, 1985-1993
  • Member of the Board of Trustees, California Historical Society, 1989-1992
  • Professor, Gavilan College, 1971-1985
  • President, Morgan Hill Historical Society, 1978-1979
  • PhD, University of California at Santa Barbara, 1984
  • MA, San Jose State University, 1971
  • BA, University of Oregon, 1964
  • Former Captain, US Army
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