Edward J. Larson, Ph.D.
Richard B. Russell Professor of History and Professor of Law,University of GeorgiaBorn in central Ohio, Edward J. Larson attended Mansfield, Ohio, public schools. He earned a B.A. from WilliamsCollege, a law degree from Harvard, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in the history of science from the University of Wisconsin
Madison. He currently holds a joint appointment in the history department and law school at theUniversity of Georgia, where he teaches the history of science to undergraduates, and health, science, andtechnology law to law students. Before accepting a teaching position at Georgia in 1987, he served as AssociateCounsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor and as an attorney with a major Seattle law firm.The author of four books and more than fifty published articles, Larson writes mostly about issues of science,medicine, and law from a historical perspective. His books are
Evolution’s Workshop: God and Science in theGalapagos Islands
Sex, Race, and Science: Eugenics in the Deep South
Trial and Error: The American Controversy Over Creation and Evolution
(1985 and 1989 expanded edition); and
Summer for the Gods:The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion
for which he received the1998 Pulitzer Prize in History. His articles have appeared in such varied journals as
The Atlantic Monthly
Wall Street Journal
Virginia Law Review
Journal of the History of Medicine
British Journal for the History of Science
. He is the co-author or co-editor of four additional books. The Fulbright Program named Larson to the John Adams Chair in American Studies for 2001 andhe received the 2000 George Sarton Award for science history from the American Association for the Advancementof Science.The recipient of multiple teaching awards from the University of Georgia, Larson lectures and speaks on history,law, and bio-science for academic, professional, and public audiences. He has given endowed or funded lectures atdozens of colleges and universities and presented scores of legal and medical education talks to professional legal, judicial, and medical groups throughout America. He is interviewed frequently for broadcast and print media,including multiple appearances on major programs for PBS, the History Channel, Court TV, CNN, and C-SPAN.He has also taught in Austria, China, France, New Zealand, and the Netherlands.Larson is married to a pediatrician, Lucy Larson. They have two children, Sarah and Luke. Together, they enjoytraveling, hiking, bicycling, and working on their 180-year-old house in Athens, Georgia.
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