Loren Graham – Visiting Russia over Half a Century

loren-graham“Visiting Russia over Half a Century”
Professor Loren Graham, Professor Emeritus of the History of Science Program, MIT

Friday, March 2, 2018 – 7:30 PM
Lillie Auditorium
Lectures are free and open to the public.

Lecture Abstract:

Loren Graham, professor of the history of science emeritus at MIT and Harvard University, has regularly visited Russia and the USSR over more than half a century. As an exchange student he studied at Moscow University, and he has returned to Russia many times to do research or participate in joint Russian-American projects. His trips there number about 200, some as long as an academic year, others just a few days. In this talk he will relate several of his most interesting memories, his relationship with intelligence agencies — American and Soviet – and his observations of changes in Russia he has seen during those years. He has written numerous books and articles on the history of Russian science.

Loren R. Graham is Professor Emeritus, of the History of Science in the Program in Science, Technology and Society. Professor Graham received his Ph.D. from Columbia University, and a Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) from Purdue University in 1986. Professor Graham specializes in the history of science and the study of contemporary science and technology in Russia. His recent publications include Science and the Soviet Social Order (1990), Science, Philosophy and Human Behavior in the Soviet Union (1987), Science in Russia and the Soviet Union: A Short History (1993), The Ghost of the Executed Engineer (1993); A Face in the Rock (1995); and What Have We Learned About Science and Technology from the Russian Experience? (1998). His Science, Philosophy and Science in the Soviet Union was nominated for the National Book Award. In 1996 he received the George Sarton medal of History of Science Society and in 2000 he received the Follo Award of the Michigan Historical Society for his contributions to Michigan history. He is a fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the American Philosophical Society, and a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Natural Science.

About the Herman T. Epstein Endowed Memorial Lectureship

Dr. Herman T. Epstein was born in Portland, Maine, to Russian immigrants. He earned a bachelors’ degree in physics from the University of Michigan and a master’s from Duke University.

During World War II he met his wife, Doris E. Wright of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; they were married for nearly 60 years. Throughout the war Dr. Epstein worked in hydrodynamics research and development with NASA in Cleveland. He then returned to Michigan to complete his doctorate in physics, eventually becoming a professor of biophysics at Brandeis University.

During the course of his career, Dr. Epstein published dozens of papers and two books on the subjects of mind, brain, and education. He was dedicated to the problem of how to improve education and how to improve the performance of children in school. Dr. Epstein designed courses in “science for non-scientists” at the high school and college levels. His theories of brain development have been used in creating early intervention programs in several countries, and in middle school curriculum development in the US. He enjoyed learning, thinking about new material, and teaching people of all ages. During retirement he worked at the MBL on learning and the retrieval of learning in the marine nudibranch, Hermissenda.

Dr. Epstein is fondly remembered for his work on the creation of the Falmouth Forum program. In 1988 MBL Director Harlyn Halvorson invited Dr. Epstein to help him develop community outreach ideas. Along with Maurice Sussman, Herman Epstein suggested a series that would “appeal to everyone” and be offered without cost as a community service. He was eager that these non-science events reach out to engage Falmouth citizens. Friends of Herman Epstein joined together to memorialize and honor him with the establishment the Endowed Memorial Lectureship, which sponsors a Falmouth Forum presentation in his name each year.