Evelyn Fox Keller

Poeisis Fellow, 2010-2012

Evelyn Fox Keller received her Ph.D. in theoretical physics at Harvard University, worked for a number of years at the interface of physics and biology, and then turned to the history and philosophy of science. She is the author of A Feeling for the Organism: The Life and Work of Barbara McClintock; Reflections on Gender and Science; Secrets of Life, Secrets of Death: Essays on Language, Gender and Science; Refiguring Life: Metaphors of Twentieth Century Biology; The Century of the Gene; and Making Sense of Life: Explaining Biological Development with Models, Metaphors, and Machines; the recipient of many awards and honorary degrees; a member of the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a MacArthur Fellow, and, most recently, the recipient of the Chaire Blaise Pascal in Paris. Her most recent book is The Mirage of a Space between Nature and Nurture, in press, Duke University Press. Today she is Professor Emerita of History and Philosophy of Science in the Program in Science, Technology and Society at MIT.

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