Peter Westwick

Expert on the history of the Space Age, Southern California’s aerospace industry and surfing

Adjunct Professor of History, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Director, Aerospace History Project, Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West


  • history of modern science and technology
  • history of modern physics and physical science
  • science and national security
  • science and technology in the Cold War
  • history of nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction
  • history of the Space Age, the space race, and planetary and solar system exploration
  • history of aviation industry and Southern California aerospace
  • history of surfing

Additional Information

  • Author: Into the Black: JPL and the American Space Program, 1976-2004 (Yale University Press, 2006), winner of Gardner-Lasser Aerospace History Literature Award of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Eugene Emme Astronautical Literature Award of American Astronautical Society; The National Labs: Science in an American System, 1947-1974 (Harvard University Press, 2003), winner of Book Prize of Forum for History of Science in America
  • Editor, Blue Sky Metropolis: The Aerospace Century in Southern California (University of California Press, 2012)
  • Currently working on a history of Strategic Defense Initiative and a history of surfing


  • French

Related links