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Frederick R. Davis

Professor/R. Mark Lubbers Chair History of Science

Frederick Rowe Davis joins Purdue University as a professor and the R. Mark Lubbers Chair in the History of Science in the Department of History. He studied the history of science and medicine at Harvard, the University of Florida, and Yale where he received his Ph.D. Davis previously taught at Florida State University, where he co-created the Program for History.

His research interests lie at the intersection of the history of environmental science, environmental health, and environmental history. Davis recently published “Banned: A History of Pesticides and the Science of Toxicology” (Yale University Press). He also wrote “The Man Who Saved Sea Turtles: Archie Carr and the Origins of Conservation Biology” (Oxford University Press).

His current research projects include “Making Silent Spring,” a study of how Rachel Carson wrote her bestselling exposé of the ecological and health risks of chemical pesticides. He is also writing on the continued role of the organism in biology as science has focused on the gene and the molecule as the key elements of life.

Davis has received numerous research grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine), and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (Fulbright).

He has taught a variety of courses in the history of science, the history of disease and public health, and environmental history. He has been nominated for multiple teaching awards including the Distinguished Teacher Award, and he received the Graduate Teaching Award at Florida State University in 2007.

Davis will spend the 2016- 2017 academic year at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on a Fulbright.

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