Loren Graham – Visiting Russia over Half a Century

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“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.

The MBL WHOI Library will offer an open house of the MBL Rare Books Collection from 6:15 PM to 7:15 PM in the Grass Reference Room, Lillie Building – 2nd Floor, prior to the lecture.

Lecture Abstract:

In this talk, Dr. Graham 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 over the years.

Dr. Loren Graham, emeritus professor of the history of science 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. Professor Graham received his Ph.D. in History from Columbia University, and a Doctor of Letters honoris causa from Purdue University. He specializes in the history and sociology of science, and is considered the leading authority on contemporary science and technology in Russia, outside that country. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of 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.

Professor Graham has authored numerous books (translated in over a dozen languages) and articles on the history of Russian Science. His Science and Philosophy in the Soviet Union was nominated for the National Book Award. In 1996 he received the George Sarton medal of the History of Science Society, and in 2000 the Follo Award of the Michigan Historical Society for his contributions to the state’s history. In 2012 the Russian Academy of Sciences awarded him a medal for “contributions to the history of science.” Recent publications include Moscow Stories, 2006 and Science in the New Russia: Crisis, Aid, Reform (with I. Dezhina), 2008, both at Indiana U Press; Naming Infinity: A True Story of Religious Mysticism and Mathematical Creativity (with J.-M. Kantor), Harvard U Press 2009; Lonely Ideas: Can Russia Compete?, MIT Press 2013; and Lysenko’s Ghost: Epigenetics and Russia, Harvard U Press 2016.

About the Herman T. Epstein Endowed Memorial Lectureship

Professor Graham’s presentation is supported by the Herman T. Epstein Memorial Endowment. Dr. Epstein (1920-2007), a biophysics professor at Brandeis University with a life-long interest in learning and education, especially science education for the general public, did research at the Marine Biological Laboratory and was in 1988 one of the originators of the Falmouth Forum series.