OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

Daniel J. Kevles

Portrait of Daniel J. Kevles

A professor emeritus of history at Yale University, Daniel J. Kevles has written extensively about the history of science, technology, and their relationship to American democracy. An elected member of International Academy of the History of Science, he is also a member of the American Philosophical Society and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as well as the Society of American Historians. His works include The Physicists: The History of a Scientific Community in Modern America (1978); In the Name of Eugenics: Genetics and the Uses of Human Heredity (1985); and Inventing America (2nd edition, 2006), a coauthored history of the United States that integrates science and technology into the American narrative. His latest work is the forthcoming "Vital Properties," a history of innovation and ownership in plants, animals, and people.

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OAH Lectures

Considers scientific expertise and environmental policy in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries (Gilded Age), including the first battle over federal development policy for the West in relationship to climate.