Myles W. Jackson
Albert Gallatin Research Excellence Professor of the History of Science, NYU-Gallatin, FAS (Professor of History); Professor in the Division of Medical Ethics and NYU-Langone School of Medicine (Associate Faculty); Director of Science and Society
Cambridge University, PhD 1991
Gallatin Room 405
Field of Study:
History of science; history of physics in 19th-century Germany; intellectual property and gene patenting; humans, machines, and aesthetic theories; triangular exchange among physicists and engineers, musicians, and instrument makers.
Affiliated with other departments or programs:
Director of Science and Society
International Academy of the History of Science; Erfurt Academy of Sciences; German National Academy of Sciences- Leopoldina
Albert Gallatin Research Excellence Professor of the History of Science at Gallatin, Myles W. Jackson is also Professor of History of the Faculty of Arts and Science. He was the inaugural Dibner Family Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology of Polytechnic Institute of NYU from 2007-2012. He currently serves as the Director of Science and Society, an inter-school minor at NYU. His research interests include molecular biology and intellectual property in Europe and the U.S., genetic privacy issues, and the history of 18th- and 19th-century German physics. Professor Jackson received his Ph.D. in the history and philosophy of science from the University of Cambridge. Before coming to NYU, he taught at Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Chicago. He has been a senior fellow of the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology at MIT and the Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. He was a recipient of Bosch Public Policy Fellowship of the American Academy in Berlin, and the Reimar Lüst/Humboldt Prize of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He has also been an awarded a fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin. He has published more than 50 articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries on the history of science and technology from the Scientific Revolution to the present. His first book, Spectrum of Belief: Joseph von Fraunhofer and the Craft of Precision Optics (MIT Press, 2000) received the Paul Bunge Prize from the German Chemical Society for the Best Work on Instrument Makers and the Hans Sauer Prize for the Best Work on the History of Invention. It was translated into German as Fraunhofers Spektren: Die Präzisionsoptik als Handwerkskunst (Wallstein Verlag, Göttingen, 2009). His second book, Harmonious Triads: Physicists, Musicians and Instrument Markers in Nineteenth-Century Germany (MIT Press), was released in 2006 with the paperback edition appearing in 2008. He is co-editor of Music, Sound, and the Laboratory for the History of Science Society’s Yearbook, Osiris, with the University of Chicago Press published in 2013, and he is the guest editor of DNA Patenting: Perspectives on Science, published in the spring of 2015 with MIT Press. Professor Jackson received the Francis Bacon Prize for Contributions to the History of Science and Technology from Caltech, where he served as the Francis Bacon Visiting Professor of History during the winter and spring terms of 2012. He has won teaching awards from Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Erfurt Academy of Sciences in Germany, the German National Academy of Sciences- Leopoldina, and a corresponding member of the Académie Internationale d'Histoire des Science in Belgium. His latest work, The Genealogy of a Gene: Patents, HIV/AIDS, and Race, was published by MIT Press in March of 2015. He will be a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study (Wissenschaftskolleg) in Berlin in 2016-17.
The Genealogy of a Gene: Patents, HIV/AIDS and Race and change (MIT Press, 2015)
Harmonious Triads: Physicists, Musicians and Instrument Makers in
Nineteenth-Century Germany (Cambridge, MA and London: The MIT Press,
2006), paperback 9/2008.
Spectrum of Belief: Joseph von Fraunhofer and the Craft of Precision Optics (Cambridge, MA and London: The MIT Press, 2000). German translation: Fraunhofers Spektren: Die Präzionsoptik als Handwerkkunst (Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2009).
Osiris, Volume 28: Music, Sound, and the Laboratory from 1750-1980 (co-edited with Julia Kursell and Alix Hui), Osiris vol. 28, The University of Chicago Press (2013)
Perspectives on Science (co-edited by Alex Levine (University of South Florida) and Mordechai Feingold (California Institute of Technology) Vol. 23, The University of Chicago Press (2015)
Special Issue on Gene Patenting:
Myles W. Jackson, Guest Editor
Inventions, Yes; Nature, No. The Products-of-Nature Doctrine from the American Colonies to the U.S. Courts
Daniel J. Kevles
The Patenting of Biological Materials in the United States:
A State of Policy Confusion
Gene Patents: Perspective from the Clinic and the Laboratory
Linda L. McCabe and Edward R.B. McCabe
How Gene Patents are Challenging Intellectual Property Law:
The History of the CCR5 Gene Patent
Myles W. Jackson
Making the Case Against Gene Patents
Tania Simoncelli and Sandra S. Park