Daniel Kevles, PhD

(Leave of absence) Stanley Woodward Prof History; Professor of American Studies; Adjunct Prof. of Law

Departments & Organizations

History of Medicine


Professor Kevles received his B.A. from Princeton University (Physics) in 1960, training at Oxford University (European History) from 1960-61, and his Ph.D. from Princeton (History) in 1964. His research interests include: the interplay of science and society past and present; the history of science in America; the history of modern physics; the history of modern biology, scientific fraud and misconduct; the history of intellectual property in living organisms; and the history of science, arms, and the state. His teaching areas are the history of modern science, including genetics, physics, science in American society, and the engineering and ownership of life. His books include The Baltimore Case, In the Name of Eugenics, The Physicists, The Code of Codes (co-edited with Leroy Hood), and Inventing America: A History of the United States (coauthored). He is currently completing a book on the history of innovation and intellectual property protection in the stuff of life.

Education & Training

PhD Princeton University, History (1964)
BA Princeton University (1960)

International Activity

  • Genomics and intellectual property France (2008)

    Part of Dr. Kevles work on the history of the genomic issues and intellectual property in living organisms concerns the development of relevant policies and practices in the European Community. To this end, Dr. Kevles collaborates with Jean-Paul Gaudilliere of the Institut National de la Santé et...

  • Medical and Modern Life Sciences History France (2008)

    Professor Kevles conducts collaborative work pertaining to the development of genetics, molecular biology, biotechnology, including their relationship to medicine and agriculture.

  • History of Science France (2004)

    Dr. Kevles is exploring possible graduate student exchanges between the Yale Program in the History of Science and Medicine and the activities supervised by the historian of modern science Dominique Pestre at the Centre Koyre and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris.

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Contact Info

Daniel Kevles, PhD
Mailing Address
Dept. of HistoryYale University
P.O. Box 208324

New Haven, CT 06520-8324

Curriculum Vitae