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Oren Harman, Chair


Professor Oren Harman is the Chair of the Graduate Program in Science, Technology and Society at Bar Ilan University. He was trained in history and biology at the Hebrew University, Oxford, and Harvard, and is a historian of science and a writer. He teaches evolutionary theory, the interplay between scientific, social, and philosophical thought, and writing. His books include The Man Who Invented the Chromosome (Harvard, 2004), Rebels, Mavericks and Heretics in Biology [with Michael Dietrich] (Yale, 2008), Outsider Scientists [with Michael Dietrich] (Chicago, 2013), and The Price of Altruism (W.W. Norton, 2010) (Bodley Head/Random House, 2010), which won the 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Book of the Year in Science and Technology, was nominated for the Pulitzer prize, and was New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Oren has been a member of the Young Israeli Academy of Sciences, a frequent contributor to The New Republic and Haaretz Magazine, and is the co-creator of the Israeli Oscar-nominated documentary series "Did Herzl Really Say That?". His work has been featured in The New York TimesThe London Times, NatureScienceThe EconomistForbesNew ScientistScientific AmericanTimes Higher EducationDiscoverThe Huffington Post, RADIOLAB and many others. In 2015 Oren was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award by his university. He grew up in Jerusalem and New York City and now lives in Tel Aviv, where he sings with the Tel Aviv Chamber Choir.

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