Alex Roland » People

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Alex Roland

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Professor of History Emeritus Duke UniversityHistory Home 195 Tor Court, Denton, NC 27239 Home Phone: (336)859-2795
: Alex Roland is Professor of History Emeritus at Duke University, where he taught Military History and the History of Technology. A 1966 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Professor Roland served in the Marine Corps before taking his PhD in History at Duke in 1974. From 1973 to 1981 he was a historian with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. After returning to Duke in 1981, he chaired the Department of History (1995-2000) and held the Harold K. Johnson Chair of Military History at the Military History Institute, U.S. Army War College, and the Dr. Leo Shifrin Chair of Naval-Military History at the U.S. Naval Academy. He has been a visiting professor at the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies at the Air University and the Department of History at West Point. His books include Underwater Warfare in the Age of Sail (1978); Model Research: The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, 1915-1958 (1985); The Military Industrial Complex (2001); with Richard Preston and Sidney Wise, Men in Arms: A History of Warfare and Its Interrelationships with Western Society (5th ed., 1991); with Philip Shiman, Strategic Computing: DARPA and the Quest for Machine Intelligence, 1983-1993 (2002); and with W. Jeffrey Bolster and Alexander Keyssar, The Way of the Ship: America’s Maritime History Reenvisioned, 1600-2000 (2008). He has edited A Spacefaring People (1985) and, with Peter Galison, Atmospheric Flight in the Twentieth Century (2000). He is a past President of the Society for the History of Technology and Vice President of the Society for Military History.
: Professor of History Emeritus, Duke University
: Duke University
: PhD
: History
: Duke
: Military History History of Technology Aerospace History