Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D.

I study people, technology, and the worlds they make

History of biotelemetry?

Has anyone written a history of biotelemetry? I’ve started getting interested in the subject because of my work on pervasive computing and mobile devices. I’d think someone had taken it up.

If not, this would make an excellent dissertation topic. No less a figure than James Lovelock, of Gaia hypothesis fame, was involved in the early history of the field, and from what I can tell, it’s a subject that folds together advancing technology, evolving scientific practice, career building opportunity, and a variety of research agendas and questions. A nice, rich mix.

Now someone write 500 pages and e-mail me!


  1. I’m more interested in learning just how the ancients knew that the liver can regenerate itself, as in the myth of Prometheus and his super-icky punishment. Out of all the organs to choose, is it coincidence that they nabbed the one that can do, at a slower speed, just what the myth says?

  2. Okay. 500 pages on THAT, then!

  3. Duuuude–YOU’re the history of science; I’m just at the “sketching lots of cells and hoping it’ll pass as a lab report” stage.

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