Biography: Marvin Bolt

Marvin Bolt
Marvin Bolt
Curator of Science and Technology Emeritus

As the first curator of science and technology at The Corning Museum of Glass, Marvin Bolt was responsible for developing and maintaining collections, exhibits, and programming in the Museum's Innovation Center until his retirement in 2020.

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

Bolt, a specialist in telescopes, came 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 co-curated two exhibitions in 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.


Blog Posts by this Author

This week, on October 1, 2020, the Museum’s virtual program Connected by Glass will air its 10th episode, a special discussion in connection with our new mini-exhibit Transparent: voting in America. To reach this milestone is an exciting and well-deserved one for all of the staff working... more
As I walked onto my deck, dinner in hand, ready to enjoy a beautiful summer evening, I looked at my plate and suddenly remembered that my blog on Corelle was due. Dinner would just have to wait. Like many people, I suspect, when I think of Corelle, I remember eating outside in the summer as a... more
This recurring blog series will feature virtual gallery walks with staff members from The Corning Museum of Glass. Everyone at our Museum interacts with the collection in different ways depending on the job they do and the perspective they bring. Hear from fascinating people and learn about... more