Frank Snowden

Andrew Downey Orrick Professor of History, Prof History of Med

Biographical Info

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.

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.

Education & Training

Harvard (1968)
Oxford University (1972)
Oxford University (1975)

Honors & Recognition

  • Helen and Howard R. Marraro Prize
    American Historical Association (2006)
  • Gustav Ranis Prize
    MacMillan Center, Yale University (2007)
  • William Henry Welch Medal
    American Association for the History of Medicine (2007)

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