Ronald Anderson was a member of the Society of Jesus, a physicist, and a philosopher of science. He studied particle physics with Girish Joshi at the University of Melbourne for his PhD in Physics. He then studied with Abner Shimony at Boston University for his PhD in Philosophy. He joined the faculty of Boston College as an Assistant Professor in 1987 and he then served as an Associate Professor from his promotion in 1993 until his death in 2007. Anderson’s areas of specialization included particle physics, the history of electromagnetism, the philosophy of physics, and the philosophy of mathematics.
The University of Pittsburgh’s Archives of Scientific Philosophy holds the Ronald Anderson papers.