Scott F. Gilbert is Professor of Biology at Swarthmore College where he
teaches developmental genetics, embryology, and the history and critiques of
biology. He received his B.A. in both biology and religion from Wesleyan
University, and he earned his PhD in biology from the pediatric genetics
laboratory of Dr. Barbara Migeon at the Johns Hopkins University. His M.A. in
the history of science, also from The Johns Hopkins University, was done under
the supervision of Dr. Donna Haraway. He pursued postdoctoral research at the
University of Wisconsin in the laboratories of Dr. Masayasu Nomura and Dr.
Dr. Gilbert is currently on the Board of the Directors of the International
Society for Differentiation and is a fellow of the AAAS. He also serves on the
education committee of the Society for Developmental Biology. He has written the
textbook Developmental Biology (presently in its sixth edition), as well
as editing A Conceptual History of Embryology and (along with his wife,
Anne M. Raunio) Embryology: Constructing the Organism. He has received
several awards, including the Medal of François I from the Collège de France,
the Dwight J. Ingle Memorial Writing Award, the Choice Outstanding Academic Book
Award, an honorary doctorate from the University of Helsinki, and a John Simon
Guggenheim Foundation Grant. His present research is in evolutionary
developmental biology, focusing on that most interesting of topics--how the
turtle forms its shell. Dr. Gilbert continues to write both in developmental
biology and in the history and philosophy of biology, and he has recently
claimed to have identified the bone from which Eve was created.
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