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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. He is especially fascinated by the juxtaposition of the transcendence of nature's laws with the frailties and virtues of the transient human experience. 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 an American Library Association and New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and was long listed for the Royal Society Winton Prize and nominated for the Pulitzer prize. He is the curator and editor of three Special Issues on separate historiographical themes: "Towards New Paradigms: The Language of the Sciences and the Language of the Humanities" (European Legacy, 2008), "The Art of Scientific Biography" (Journal of the History of Biology, 2011), and with Alexandre Metraux, "Approaches, Styles and Narratives: Reflections on Doing History of the Sciences" (Science in Context, 2013). Between 2003-2005 he was a member of the Young Israeli Academy of Sciences. He has been 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 Times, The London Times, Nature, Science, The Economist, Forbes, New Scientist, Scientific AmericanTimes Higher Education, Discover, The 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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