David Kaiser, PhD, Germeshausen Professor of the History of Science and Department Head of MIT’s Program in Science, Technology, and Society, and also a member of MIT’s Department of Physics. See the video of Dr. Kaiser’s January 13, 2015 discussion The Social Context of Science on Science for the Public’s Contemporary Science Issues and Innovations program.
Dr. Kaiser received two Ph.D.s from Harvard University: one in physics and the other in the history of science. He joined the MIT faculty in 2000, and became director of the Program in Science, Technology and Society in 2011. With his dual background, David Kaiser has two areas of research: history and physics. His historical research focuses on the development of physics in the United States during the Cold War, specifically how physics was influenced by the politics and culture of that time, and the subsequent effects on science education. His physics research focuses on early-universe cosmology, working at the interface of particle physics and gravitation.
Dr. Kaiser is an elected member of the American Physical Society and an editor of the journal Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences. He has received numerous honors for his work. He has been featured in many news and magazine articles and also American and British public radio programs. He is also an advisor for PBS NOVA program development.
Dr. Kaiser has produced a number of award-winning books, including the very popular “How the Hippies Saved Physics.” details about David Kaiser’s books