The main focus of my research has been on the development of civilian nuclear and space programs in the cold war in both Western Europe and the USA. My first immersion in contemporary history of science and technology came when I was nominated to be the British member of a team put together to write the history of CERN (the European Laboratory for Particle Physics outside Geneva, Switzerland). This was followed by an equally formidable team project to write the history of the European Space Agency. To that end I moved to the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, where ESA’s archives are lodged. I then spent five years directing the Centre de Recherche en Histoire des Sciences et des Techniques at La Villette, Paris, after which I moved in 2000 to the School of History, Technology and Society at Georgia Tech in Atlanta.