Gerald Holton Curriculum Vitae

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Harvard University
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Essentials of Curriculum Vitae

Born 1922 in Berlin to Austrian parents (Emanuel, lawyer, and Regina, physiotherapist). Married 1947 to Nina, sculptor. Two sons, Thomas and Stephan.

Primary school and Humanistisches Gymnasium, Vienna, to 1938. Via Kindertransport to School of Technology, City of Oxford, Certificate of Electrical Engineering, 1940. Wesleyan University: B.A., 1941; M.A., 1942. Harvard University: M.A., 1946; Ph.D. (physics), 1948.

Harvard University, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics, and Professor of History of Science, Emeritus. (Concurrently) Visiting Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1976-1994, as founding faculty member of Program on Science, Technology and Society. Wesleyan University, Instructor, 1941-42. Brown University, Instructor, 1942-43. Harvard University: Laboratory on Electro-Acoustics, OSRD, and Staff, Officers Radar Course, 1943-45; various faculty ranks, 1947-, tenured from 1952; Chairman, Com. on the Degree in Chemistry and Physics; Member, Faculty Council, Advisory Board of Radcliffe Institute for Independent Study, etc. Visiting Professor at various times at Leningrad University; University of Rome; CNRS-Paris; Imperial College London; NYU; lecturer in China for Chinese Academy of Social Science. Project Physics, Codirector, 1964-.

Professional Memberships; Elected Fellowships and other Honors:
American Physical Society: Fellow; Chair, Div. of History of Physics, 1992-93. American Philosophical Society: Fellow, member, Selection Committee for Franklin Fellowship. American Academy of Arts and Sciences: Fellow; Editor of the Academy, 1957-63; Founding Editor of the quarterly journal, Daedalus; member of Council (to 1997). Académie Internationale d'Histoire des Sciences: Vice President, 1981-88. Académie Internationale de Philosophie des Sciences. Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher, Leopoldina. History of Science Society: Council, 1959-61, 1963-65; President, 1983, l984. American Association for the Advancement of Science: Fellow, member, Board of Directors, 1970s; American Association of Physics Teachers: Member; Distinguished Service Citation, 1962. American Institute of Physics, founding chairman of Committee for the Center for History of Physics. New York Academy of Sciences, Honorary Life Member. U. S. National Commission for UNESCO, 1975-80. U. S. National Commission on Excellence in Education, 1981-83, co-author of A Nation At Risk report. National Associate, The National Academies (Science, Medicine, and Engineering), 2003. National Academy of Sciences Committee on Communication with Scholars in the People's Republic of China, 1969-72; Committee on Science in UNESCO, 1977-80; U.S. National Commission on History and Philosophy of Science, 1982-88, Chair, 1988; Committee on Interdisciplinary Research, 2003. National Research Council Committee on Indicators of Precollege Science Education, 1984-87; member, Committee on Conduct of Science, 1989-91; member, Committee on Public Understanding of Science (OPUS), 1997-2001. National Science Foundation, Advisory Committee on Ethical and Values Impact of Science and Technology (EVIST), 1973-78; Advisory Committee on Directorate for Science and Engineering Education, 1985-93, Chair, 1986-88. Massachusetts Board of Education, Advisory Committee on Science and Mathematics, 1997-2000. Member, Board of Trustees: Boston Museum of Science, 1965-67; Member of the Corporation, 1978-81. Science Service, 1972-78. Wesleyan University, 1975-89. National Humanities Center, 1989-93. Member, Council of Scholars, Library of Congress, 1979-1995. Member, Kuratorium of the German-American Academic Council, 1997-2000. Selection Board, Albert Einstein Peace Prize, 1980-1993. George Sarton Memorial Lecturer, 1962. Robert A. Millikan Medal, 1967. Herbert Spencer Lecturer, Oxford University, 1979. Oersted Medal, 1980. Guggenheim Fellowship, 1980-81. Jefferson Lecturer, 1981. John P. McGovern Medal of Sigma Xi, 1985. Andrew Gemant Award, American Institute of Physics, 1989. Sarton Medal, History of Science Society, 1989. J. D. Bernal Prize, Society for Social Studies of Science, 1989. Joseph Priestley Award, 1994. Rothschild Lecturer (Harvard University), 1997. Joseph H. Hazen Prize of the History of Science Society, 1998. Abraham Pais Prize of the American Physical Society, 2008; Republic of Austria's Ehrenkreuz für Wissenschaft und Kunst; Austrian Academy of Sciences. Eight honorary degrees.

Selected Book Publications:
Introduction to Concepts and Theories in Physical Science (Addison-Wesley, 1952; 2nd ed., 1973).
Scientific Imagination (Harvard Univ. Press, 1998).
Thematic Origins of Scientific Thought: Kepler to Einstein (Harvard Univ. Press, 1973; rev. ed., 1988).
Co-author, The Project Physics Course (Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1970-2000).
The Advancement of Science, and its Burdens (Cambridge Univ. Press, 1986; rev. ed., Harvard Univ. Press, 1998).
Co-editor, Albert Einstein, Historical and Cultural Perspectives (Princeton Univ. Press, 1982; Dover, 1997).
Science and Anti-Science (Harvard Univ. Press, 1993).Einstein, History, and Other Passions (Addison-Wesley, 1996; Harvard University Press, 2000).
Physics, The Human Adventure: From Copernicus to Einstein and Beyond (with S. G. Brush, Rutgers University Press, 2001).
Understanding Physics (with D. Cassidy and J. Rutherford, Springer-Verlag New York, 2002).
Victory and Vexation in Science:  Einstein, Bohr, Heisenberg, and Others (Harvard Univ. Press, 2005).
Co-editor, Einstein for the 21st Century: His Legacy in Science, Art and Modern Culture (with Peter L. Galison & Silvan S. Schweber, Princeton Univ. Press, 2008).

With Gerhard Sonnert:
Gender Differences in Science Careers: The Project Access Study (Rutgers Univ. Press, 1995).
Who Succeeds in Science? The Gender Dimension (Rutgers Univ. Press, 1995).
Ivory Bridges: Connecting Science and Society (MIT Press, 2002).
Helping Young Refugees and Immigrants Succeed (Palgrave, 2010)..
What Happened to the Children Who Fled Nazi Persecution? (Palgrave, 2006)

Co-producer, The World of Enrico Fermi.
Co-producer, People and Particles.

Selected Membership on Editorial Boards:
Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Princeton University Press. American Council of Learned Societies, Committee on Dictionary of Scientific Biography. Science, Technology, & Human Values. Daedalus.The Scientist. Nuncius (Rome). Prometeo (Milan). Minerva (London).