Daniel J. Kevles

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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  • Contested Earth: The Science and Politics of Climate and Development *
  • Eugenics, the Genome, and Human Rights
  • From Public to Private Goods: The Evolution of Plant Properties in the American Political Economy
  • Human DNA and Human Rights: The Supreme Court, Patents, and the Genes for Breast Cancer
  • Pursuing the Biological Enlightenment: The Revolutionary Generation and American Agriculture
  • Reconstruction from the Right: The United States in the 1970s
  • The Apples of Our Eyes: Art and Property in American Horticulture

Lectures marked with a * are offered as part of the OAH's initiative, Historians' Perspectives on the Rise of Donald Trump.