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Biography

Daniel J. Kevles writes about issues in science and society past and present. His work deals with a variety of issues that involve the law, including due process in allegations of scientific fraud and misconduct, genetic information and privacy, classification and national security, and intellectual property in biotechnology. He is currently writing a history of intellectual property protection in living organisms and their parts and teaches a course on this subject (The Engineering and Ownership of Life) in the Law School. His works include The Baltimore Case: A Trial of Politics, Science, and Character, In the Name of Eugenics: Genetics and the Uses of Human Heredity, The Physicists: The History of a Scientific Community in Modern America, and numerous articles, essays, and reviews in scholarly and popular journals. He is also coeditor, with Leroy Hood, of The Code of Codes: Scientific and Social Issues in the Human Genome Project. From 1964 to 2001, he taught at the California Institute of Technology. In 2001 he joined the faculty of Yale University where he is theStanley Woodward Professor of History and Professor (Adjunct) of Law and Chair of the Program in History of Science and Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the Society of American Historians, the International Academy of the History of Science, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His honors and prizes include the History of Science Society's George Sarton Medal for career achievement.