Gerald Holton

Gerald Holton​Gerald Holton is Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and Professor of the History of Science, Emeritus, at Harvard University, where he has been on the Faculty since 1945. He obtained his Ph.D. at Harvard as a student of P. W. Bridgman, who received the Nobel Prize in 1946 for his work on high-pressure physics. Professor Holton's chief interests are the history and philosophy of science, the physics of matter at high pressure, and the study of career paths of young scientists.

​Academic Positions include

Harvard University, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics, and Professor of History of Science, Emeritus; also Member of the Faculty of Education. (Concurrently) Visiting Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1976-1994, founding faculty member of Program on Science, Technology and Society. Harvard University: Laboratory on Sound Control, OSRD, and Staff, Officers Radar Course, 1943-45; Member, Faculty Council, Advisory Board of Radcliff Institute for Independent Study; Visiting Professor, at various times: Leningrad University; University of Rome; CNRS-Paris; Imperial College, London; NYU. Project Physics, Codirector, 1964-.

Professional Memberships, Elected Fellowships and Lectureships

Professor Holton is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Life Honorary Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences, and Fellow of several Learned Societies in Europe. He was founding editor of the quarterly journal Daedalus, and founder of Science, Society, & Human Values. He is also on the editorial committee of the Collected Papers of Albert Einstein (Princeton University Press). He is a member of: Committee on Public Understanding of Science (OPUS); Academie Internationale d'Histoire des Sciences; Academie Internationale de Philosophie des Sciences; the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher, Leopoldina; the History of Science Society; the American Institute of Physics; the U.S. National Commission on History and Philosophy of Science; the National Science Foundation; the Massachusetts Board of Education; Advisory Committee on Science and Mathematics; the Council of Scholars, Library of Congress; Kuratorium of the German-American Academic Council 2000; Selection Board of the Albert Einstein Peace Prize. He is also Herbert Spencer Lecturer, Oxford University; Jefferson Lecturer, since 1981; Rothschild Lecturer (Harvard University), and has held the Guggenheim Fellowship since 1980


Among the honors and awards professor Holton has received are the Sarton Medal of the History of Science Society, Robert A. Millikan Medal, Øersted Medal, J. D. Bernal Prize, Joseph H. Hazen Prize of the History of Science Society.

Selected Book Publications:

Scientific Imagination (Cambridge Univ. Press, 1978; rev. ed., 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-).
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).
Introduction to Concepts and Theories in Physical Science (rev. ed., Princeton Univ. Press, 1985).
Science and Anti-Science (Harvard Univ. Press, 1993).
(Co-author), Gender Differences in Science Careers: The Project Access Study (Rutgers Univ. Press, 1995).
(Co-author), Who Succeeds in Science? The Gender Dimension (Rutgers Univ. Press, 1995).
Einstein, History, and Other Passions (Addison-Wesley, 1996).
(Co-author), Physics, the Human Adventure: From Copernicus to Einstein and Beyond (Rutgers University Press, Spring 2001).
(Co-author), Ivory Bridges: Connections between Science and Society, (MIT Press, 2001).
(Co-author), Understanding Physics (Springer-Verlag, New York, 2002).