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Frank Snowden, DPhil

Andrew Downey Orrick Professor Emeritus of History

Contact Information

Frank Snowden, DPhil

Mailing Address

  • History of Medicine

    333 Cedar Street, Sterling Hall of Medicine, L132

    New Haven, CT 06520

    United States


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)
    Oxford University (1972)
  • BA
    Harvard (1968)


  • 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.

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
William Henry Welch MedalAmerican Association for the History of Medicine2007
Gustav Ranis PrizeMacMillan Center, Yale University2007
Helen and Howard R. Marraro PrizeAmerican Historical Association2006

Professional Service

Chair, Program in History of Science and History of Medicine, Yale University2008 - 2011

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