Andrew J. Butrica, a graduate of the doctoral program in the history of science and technology at Iowa State University, is a research historian and author of numerous articles and papers on the history of electricity and electrical engineering in the United States and France and the history of science and technology in nineteenth-century France. He is the author of a corporate history, Out of Thin Air: A History of Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., 1940-1990, published by Praeger in 1990, and a co-editor of The Papers of Thomas Edison: Vol. I: The Making of an Inventor, 1847-1873, published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 1989.
Prior to writing this history of planetary radar astronomy, Dr. Butrica was a research fellow with the Center for Research in the History of Science and Technology, Cite des Sciences et de l'Industrie (La Villette), Paris, thanks to a grant from the International Division of the National Science Foundation (1991-1992) and an earlier fellowship from the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (1987-1988). Butrica also has undertaken public history work, including the researching, conducting, and editing of oral history interviews for chemical company and hospital histories.
Dr. Butrica has been an invited lecturer at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris), the University of Paris (Sorbonne), and Nottingham (England) University, as well as at Rutgers University, and has been a visiting scholar at the Deutsches Museum (Munich), the University of Pennsylvania, and Lehigh University. He is a member of several professional bodies, including the American Historical Association, the History of Science Society, the Society for the History of Technology (Robinson Prize Committee), the Society for French Historical Studies, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and the Association pour l'Histoire de l'Electricite en France.