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  • Gerald James Holton is Mallinckrodt Research Professor of Physics and Research Professor of the History of Science, Emeritus, at Harvard University. Born 1922 in Berlin, he grew up in Vienna before emigrating--thanks to the Kindertransport--in 1938. He received an electrical engineering certificate from the School of Technology, City of Oxford and then Wesleyan University, where he received B.A. and M.A. degrees. As a student of Percy Williams Bridgman, he obtained his Ph.D. at Harvard in 1948. His chief interests are in the history and philosophy of science, in the physics of matter at high pressure, in education, and in the study of career paths of young scientists. Along with co-author Gerhard Sonnert he has studied and published works on the gender gap in science studies and careers. In 1952, he published Introduction to Concepts and Theories in Physical Sciences, a seminal work in the development of physics education, which led to Harvard Project Physics, the NSF sponsored national curriculum-development project that he co-directed.

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  • "Where is Science Taking Us?"
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