Peter Galison

Physicist, Author

1955 –

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Who is Peter Galison?

Peter Louis Galison is the Joseph Pellegrino University Professor in History of Science and Physics at Harvard University. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in both Physics and the History of Science in 1983. His publications include Image and Logic: A Material Culture of Microphysics and Einstein's Clocks, Poincaré's Maps: Empires of Time. His most recent book, co-authored with Lorraine Daston, is titled Objectivity.

Before moving to Harvard, Galison taught for several years at Stanford University where he was professor of History, Philosophy, and Physics. He is considered part of the Stanford School of philosophy of science along with Ian Hacking, John Dupré, and Nancy Cartwright.

Galison developed a film for the History Channel on the development of the hydrogen bomb, and has done work on the intersection of science with other disciplines, in particular art and architecture. He is on the editorial board of Critical Inquiry and was a MacArthur Fellow in 1996.

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Born
1955
New York City
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Harvard University
Employment
  • Harvard University

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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