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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