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Biography: Marvin Bolt

Marvin Bolt
Name: 
Marvin Bolt
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Curator of Science and Technology

As the first curator of science and technology at The Corning Museum of Glass, Marvin Bolt is responsible for developing and maintaining collections, exhibits, and programming in the Museum's Innovation Center.

In this role, Bolt enhances the Museum’s science and technology-based collections and exhibits, and interprets the information for diverse audiences, from schoolchildren to working scientists. He also develops new scientifically focused educational programs and increases accessibility to the Museum’s scientific research and collections through digital channels.

Bolt, a specialist in telescopes, comes to the Museum from the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum in Chicago, IL, where he was curator of the history of astronomy and vice president for collections at the Adler’s Webster Institute for the History of Astronomy. There, he oversaw a collection of approximately 10,000 scientific objects, artifacts, rare books, and works on paper from the 13th to the 21st centuries and curated numerous permanent and temporary exhibitions, including Telescopes: Through the Looking Glass (2009–present) and Evening Amusements! Popular Astronomy, 1750–1930 (2002–2003).

Bolt is currently working to co-curate two exhibitions for 2016: Fragile Legacy: The Marine Invertebrate Glass Models of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka and Revealing the Invisible: The History of Glass and the Microscope.

Bolt has lectured and published widely. He also has served as a grants referee for NASA and NSF, and has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Notre Dame. He holds a Ph.D. in the history and philosophy of science, as well as two Master’s degrees in philosophy and the history and philosophy of science, all from the University of Notre Dame.

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