, Professor and Chair
Department of the History of Science
--Everett Mendelsohn, History of Science
, Harvard University
: "Naturalistic Explanation and 19th Century Biology"
This talk examines several key 19th Century texts in which a conscious choice is made to limit the forms of explanation to the natural and to actively exclude other types of explanation of biological phenomena.
Everett Mendelsohn is Professor and Chair of the History of Science at Harvard University, where he has been on the faculty since 1960.
has worked extensively on the history of the life sciences as well as on aspects of the social and sociological history of science and the relations of science and modern societies.
He is the founder and former editor of the Journal of the History of Biology and serves(d) on the editorial boards of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, Social Science and Medicine, Social Epistemology, Social Studies of Science, and Fundamenta Scientiae, among others.
He is past president of the International Council for Science Policy Studies and has been deeply involved in the relations between science and modern war as a founder of the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Committee on Science, Arms Control, and National Security, and the American Academy of Arts and Science's Committee on International Security Studies.
He was a founder and first president of the Cambridge based Institute for Peace and International Security.
was awarded the Gregor Mendel Medal of the reorganized Czechoslovak Academy of Science in 1991.
During 1994 he
held the Olof Palme Professorship in Sweden.