University of Victoria, BA
University of Sussex, MA
Stanford University, PhD

Dennis Danielson is an intellectual historian and Milton scholar with interests in the history and literature of science. His research and publications have won recognition in the form of the UBC Alumni Prize for Research in the Humanities (1987), an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship (1990-91), and a UBC Killam Research Prize (2010). In 2002 he was a UBC Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, and in 2011 he received the Konrad Adenauer Research Prize awarded jointly by Germany’s Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and by the Royal Society of Canada. Beyond the walls of academe, Danielson’s anthology The Book of the Cosmos: Imagining the Universe from Heraclitus to Hawking was named to’s “Editor’s Choice” top 10 science books for the year 2000.


Authored books:

Milton’s Good God: A Study in Literary Theodicy. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge UP, 1982, 2009.

The First Copernican: Georg Joachim Rheticus and the Rise of the Copernican Revolution. New York: Walker, 2006 (Japanese translation Tokyo: Toyo Shorin, 2008).

Paradise Lost and the Cosmological Revolution. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge UP, 2014.

Edited books:

The Cambridge Companion to Milton. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1989; second edition 1999.

The Book of the Cosmos: Imagining the Universe from Heraclitus to Hawking. New York: Basic Books, 2000.

Salient chapters and articles:

“The Great Copernican Cliché.” American Journal of Physics 69.10 (Oct. 2001): 1029-1035.

“The Bones of Copernicus: Twenty-first-century cosmologists, historians and archaeologists continue to seek a true portrait of the great astronomer and his contribution.” American Scientist 97.1 (Jan.-Feb. 2009): 50-57. Translated into German as “Das Vermächtnis des Kopernikus.” Spektrum der Wissenschaft (September 2009): 66-73.

“Lewis as Intellectual Historian.” In The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis. Ed. Robert MacSwain and Michael Ward. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010: 43-57.

“Early Modern ET, Reflexive Telescopics, and their Relevance Today.” In Astrobiology, History, and Society. Ed. Douglas Vakoch. New York: Springer, 2013: 57-72

“The Case Against Copernicus.” (Co-authored with Christopher M. Graney.) Scientific American 310.1 (January 2014): 72-77. Translated into French, German, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Hebrew, Arabic, and Japanese.

Danielson’s main intellectual communities comprise Miltonists and historians of astronomy.