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Myles Jackson

Year of election: 2011
Section: History of Science and Medicine

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Myles W. Jackson is the Dibner Family Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NY, USA). JACKSON is also Director of Science and Technology Studies at NYU-Poly and Professor of the History of Science and Technology at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study of New York University. He received his Ph.D. in the History and Philosophy of Science from Cambridge University (MA, USA) and was a post-doctoral fellow in the History of Science at Harvard University (MA, USA). He has been a Senior Fellow of the Dibner Institute of the History of Science and Technology of MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and a fellow of the Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science in Berlin (Germany).

He is the author of numerous articles on the history, philosophy, and sociology of science and technology, with a particular emphasis on the cultural history of nineteenth-century German physics. He has also authored two books Harmonious Triads: Physicists, Musicians, and Instrument Makers in Nineteenth-Century Germany (MIT Press, 2006) and Spectrum of Belief: Joseph von Fraunhofer and the Craft of Precision Optics (MIT Press, 2000), which won the Paul Bunge Prize of the German Chemical Society for the best work on the history of scientific instruments in 2005 and the Hans Sauer Prize for the best work on the history of inventors and inventions in 2007. He was elected member of the Die Akademie gemeinnütziger Wissenschaften zu Erfurt in 2009. He is currently working on the effects of intellectual property law and the patenting of human genes on research in molecular biology and is serving as an expert for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in their lawsuit against Myriad Genetics on the BRCA 1 and 2 gene patents. He has been the recipient of an Alexander-von-Humboldt Fellowship, and in 2010 he received the Francis Bacon Prize in the History of Science and Technology from Caltech (California Institute of Technology, CA, USA) for his contributions to the history of science and technology.

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