Everett I. Mendelsohn, PhD


Title: Professor of the History of Science Emeritus
Company: Harvard University
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Everett I. Mendelsohn, PhD, Professor of the History of Science Emeritus at Harvard University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in higher education.

Dr. Mendelsohn celebrates more than five decades of research and teaching excellence as a member of the Harvard University faculty, where he remains affiliated as a Professor of the History of Science Emeritus. His passion for his discipline began to develop during his undergraduate studies at Antioch College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1953 before pursuing postgraduate coursework at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts through 1955. Already deeply interested in biology and life sciences, Dr. Mendelsohn’s interests shifted to focus on the history and cultural role of science, and he studied both subjects in-depth as a doctoral student at Harvard University.

After completing his Doctor of Philosophy in 1960, Dr. Mendelsohn spent five years as a science and public policy research associate in Harvard University’s Graduate School of Public Administration, rising to become an Associate Professor of the History of Science in 1965, and a full professor in 1969. In addition to teaching, Dr. Mendelsohn served as Chair of the Department of the History of Science between 1971 and 1978, and again from 1997 until 2000, and held numerous other leadership and administration positions including Master of Dudley House, one of the school’s student housing communities, and Director of the Research Group on Biomedical Sciences and the Program on Technology and Society at Harvard. Dr. Mendelsohn proudly notes that later in his career, his “Science & Society in the 20th Century” class had grown to become one of Harvard’s most popular courses, with more than 500 students in a single section and a performing arts space for a classroom. He was granted Professor Emeritus status in 2011 and is the namesake of Harvard University’s Mendelsohn Award for graduate-level mentorship.

Widely recognized as one of the leading modern voices in his field, Dr. Mendelsohn has been an invited fellow and guest professor at internationally-acclaimed institutions such as the University of Sweden, the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers in Paris, the University of Cambridge, and Berlin’s Wissenschaftskolleg. He has contributed extensively to academic texts and peer-reviewed journals and has been an active member of the editorial boards of the journals Synthese, Social Epistemology, and the Sociology of Sciences for more than three decades. Dr. Mendelsohn is a Fellow and Vice President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Trustee of the Cambridge Friends School, and is active in the executive boards of several groups dedicated to arms control, disarmament, and the preservation of diverse cultural histories.

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