Myles W. Jackson

School of Historical Studies                              
Historical Studies
Field of Study
Historian of Science

Myles W. Jackson, a historian of science, explores the intersections between science, technology, aesthetics, history, and society. The breadth of Jackson’s research extends from the artisanal production of scientific knowledge in nineteenth-century Germany to molecular biology and physics, intellectual property and privacy issues, knowledge sharing, race and genomics, bioengineering, and the interactions between musicians, natural scientists, and radio engineers. His scholarship is noted for its cross-disciplinary methodology and interweaves economic, commercial, and scientific insights, pushing the boundaries of the field to establish fresh lines of inquiry.

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Dates at IAS
  • Historical Studies
University of Cambridge Ph.D., 1991
University of Cambridge M.Phil., 1988
Cornell University B.A., 1986
Awards: Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize (Reimar Lüst Prize), Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2014); Francis Bacon Award in the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, California Institute of Technology (2010)
Board Appointments: Board of Directors of the American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; Editorial Board of "Science and Culture in the Nineteenth Century"; Advisory Board of the "Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte"
Fellowships: American Academy in Berlin; Senior Fellow, Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics, Kaiserslautern; Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin; Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
Memberships: Corresponding Member, Académie Internationale d'Histoire des Sciences, Liege, Belgium; Member, German National Academy of Sciences–Leopoldina; Member, Academy of the Sciences for the Common Good, Erfurt, Germany
New York University 2012–2018 Professor of History, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
NYU–Langone School of Medicine 2012–2018 Professor in the Division of Medical Ethics
Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy, New York University School of Law 2012–2018 Faculty Affiliate
Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University 2008–2018 Albert Gallatin Research Excellence Professor of the History of Science
California Institute of Technology 2012 Francis Bacon Visiting Professor of the History of Science & Technology
Polytechnic Institute, New York University 2007–2012 Dibner Family Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
Willamette University 2007 Professor of the History of Science, Director of Humanities, Chair of Science Studies
Willamette University 2002–2007 Associate Professor of the History of Science, Director of Humanities, Chair of Science Studies
Willamette University 1998–2002 Assistant Professor of the History of Science
University of Chicago 1995–1998 Visiting Assistant Professor of History, History of Science, the College, and the Committee on the Conceptual Foundations of Science
University of Pennsylvania 1994–1995 Lecturer
Harvard University 1992–1994 Lecturer