Frank Snowden, DPhil

Andrew Downey Orrick Professor of History, Prof History of Med

Departments & Organizations

Infectious Diseases

European Studies

History of Medicine


Professor Snowden received his B.A. from Harvard in 1968, and his B.Phil and D.Phil. from Oxford University in 1972 and 1975. He has taught at London University from 1978 until 1991 and at Yale since 1991. His research interests include: the comparative history of epidemic diseases; the history of public health; the impact of emerging and resurgent diseases; issues in medical ethics; and bioterrorism. He is currently Chair of the Program in the History of Science and Medicine.

His teaching areas are the history of infectious diseases, the history of public health, and the intellectual history of medicine.

Education & Training

DPhil Oxford University (1975)
BACH OTHER Oxford University (1972)
BA Harvard (1968)

Honors & Recognition

  • William Henry Welch MedalAmerican Association for the History of Medicine (2007)

  • Gustav Ranis PrizeMacMillan Center, Yale University (2007)

  • Helen and Howard R. Marraro PrizeAmerican Historical Association (2006)

Professional Service

  • Chair, Program in History of Science and History of Medicine, Yale University (2008 - 2011)

International Activity

  • Epidemic Diseases in the west since 1600 Italy (2005 - 2013)

    This project is an examination of the medical, social, political, and cultural impact of major epidemic diseases on European and North American society from the bubonic plague to avian flu. The study also considers the development of public health strategies to contain the diseases.

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Frank Snowden, DPhil
Mailing Address
History of Medicine333 Cedar Street
Sterling Hall of Medicine, L132

New Haven, CT 06520