05/31/1996 07:00:00

Dan Kevles Elected to American Philosophical Society

PASADENA—Daniel J. Kevles, the Koepfli Professor of the Humanities at Caltech, was elected to membership in the American Philosophical Society at their annual meeting April 26 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Kevles is one of 31 resident and 8 foreign members elected this year, and his election brings the number of APS members on the Caltech faculty to 15.

Kevles, who is chair of the faculty at Caltech, studies and teaches in the fields of history, politics, and ethics as they apply to science. His wide range of interests is evident in the books he has written or coauthored: The Physicists: The History of a Scientific Community in Modern America; In the Name of Eugenics: Genetics and the Uses of Human Heredity; and most recently, The Code of Codes: Scientific and Social Issues in the Human Genome Project. Kevles's historical articles and essays have appeared in dozens of diverse publications ranging from The New Yorker and Los Angeles Times Magazine to Physics Today , Biotechnology, Isis, and The Journal of American History.

Kevles earned his bachelor's degree in physics in 1960, and his doctorate in history in 1964, both from Princeton University. That same year he joined the faculty at Caltech, where he recently led the effort to create a new major called Science, Ethics, and Society. In addition to his research and teaching duties, Kevles heads Caltech's Science, Ethics, and Public Policy program, which brings to campus prominent speakers on important issues of the day.

The American Philosophical Society is the oldest and one of the most prestigious learned societies in the United States devoted to the advancement of scientific and scholarly inquiry. Founded by Benjamin Franklin and his friends in 1743, it is now an international organization of 723 members that promotes excellence and useful knowledge in the sciences and humanities through scholarly research, professional meetings, publications, library resources, and community service.

Contact: Jay Aller (818) 395-3631 aller@caltech.edu

Written by John Avery