Publications by Subject Area
Pnina Geraldine Abir-Am

Historian of Science/ 20th Century Molecular Biology;
Women and Gender in Science
Senior Research Fellow, Scientific Legacies
249 Orchard Street, Belmont, MA 02478, USA
Tel: 617-283-7464, Fax: 617-484-2709

 

  1. History of Molecular Biology (Comparative: UK, US, and France)
  2. Cultural Studies of Science (Commemorative Practices; Politics of Collective Memory)
  3. Women & Gender in Science (Women scientists as public intellectuals; Creative couples)
  4. Philanthropic Foundations/ Science Policy (Rockefeller Foundation & British, French governments)

Each subject area is further divided into:

  1. Most recent
  2. Most significant (top three)
  3. Essay reviews (invited critical reviews of the pertinent literature; recent or significant)

Additional items in each subject area (e.g. on methodology) can be found in the complete C.V.PDF document


 

  1. Publications on the History of Molecular Biology
    1. Most recent publications (Last three years, including work-in-press)
      1. "DNA at 50: Institutional and Biographical PerspectivesPDF document", Minerva, 42 (2004) 191-213.
      2. Research Schools of Molecular Biology in UK, US, and France: National traditions, transnational Innovation, and the origins of the biotech revolution (forthcoming).
      3. "The Rockefeller Foundation and the Rise of Molecular BiologyPDF document", Nature Reviews - Molecular Cell Biology, 3 (January 2002), 65-70.
      4. "Molecular Biology in the Context of British, French, and American CulturesPDF document" in Sciences and Cultures, special issue of International Social Science Journal, no. 168, guest editor: H. Vessuri (Oxford: Blackwell and UNESCO, June 2001, 187-199). (translated by UNESCO into French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, and Chinese)
    2. Most significant publications (Top three other than A.I.1/2003, the most significant item)
      1. "The Molecular Revolution in 20th Century Biology" in Science in the 20th Century, J. Krige and D. Pestre, eds. (London: Harwood, 1997), 495-520.
      2. "From Multi-Disciplinary Collaboration to Transnational Objectivity: International Space as Constitutive of Molecular Biology, 1930-1970", in Denationalizing Science: The International Context of Scientific Practice, E. Crawford, T. Shinn & S. Sorlin (eds.), (Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1993), 153-186; translated into Spanish (Arbor, 1997)
      3. "The Biotheoretical Gathering, Transdisciplinary Authority and the Incipient Legitimation of Molecular Biology in the 1930s: New Perspective on the Historical Sociology of Science", History of Science, 25 (March 1987), 1-70.
    3. Essay reviews [additional reviews in the complete C.V.PDF document]
      1. "'New' Trends in the History of Molecular Biology", Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences, vol. 26 (1995), 167-196. (comparative essay of six books)
      2. "Nobelesse Oblige: Lives of Molecular BiologistsPDF document", ISIS, 82 (June 1991), 326-343; (on seven Nobelist auto/biographies) featured as "newsworthy" in the Chronicle of Higher Education, 09/18/1991.
  2. Publications in the Cultural Studies of Science. (Commemorative Practices; Politics of Collective Memory)
    1. Most recent publications (Last three years, including forthcoming)
      1. Cultural Memory and Gender: Remembering Nobel Laureate Dorothy Hodgkin in England, China, and India. (forthcoming; paper read on 11/05/05 at the Annual Meeting of the History of Science Society, MNPLS)
      2. Commemorative Practices in Science: Historical Perspectives on the Politics of Collective Memory (Chicago University Press, 2000), as vol. 14 of OSIRIS, official publication of the History of Science Society; edited with C.A. Elliott. Reviewed very favorably in leading journals (the British Journal for the History of Science, Dec. 2001PDF document; ISIS, Sept. 2001PDF document). Sole author of "Introduction", 1-34.
      3. La Mise en Memoire de la Science: Pour une Ethnographie Historique des Rites Commemoratifs, sous la direction de Pnina G. Abir-Am, (Paris: Editions des Archives Contemporaines/ Gordon & Breach Publishers, 1998). Sole author of "Introduction", 1-14.
    2. Most significant publications
      1. "The First American and French Commemorations in Molecular Biology: From Collective Memory to Comparative History PDF document (JSTOR)" in Commemorative Practices in Science (University of Chicago Press, 2000) P.G. Abir-Am and C.A. Elliott (eds.), 324-372.
      2. "Entre Memoire Collective et Histoire en Biologie Moleculaire: Les Premiers Rites Commemoratifs pour les Groupes Fondateurs", in La Mise en Memoire de la Science, P.G. Abir-Am (ed.) (Paris: EAC/ Gordon & Breach, 1998), 25-75.
      3. "A Historical Ethnography of a Scientific Anniversary in Molecular Biology: The First Protein X-ray Photo (1984, 1934)", Social Epistemology, vol. 6, 1992, 323-354; 363-364; 371-372; 380-387 (Special issue devoted to this paper, three commentaries & replies to each commentary).
    3. Essay reviews [additional reviews in the complete C.V.PDF document]
      1. Pnina G. Abir-Am, "DNA at 50: Institutional and Biographical PerspectivesPDF document", Minerva, XLII (2004) 191-213.
  3. Publications on the History of Women and Gender in Science.
    1. Most recent publications
      1. "Images of Women Scientists: Comparing Still Photos and Movies of Dorothy Hodgkin and Rosalind Franklin". (forthcoming)
      2. Creative Couples in the Sciences (New Brunswick/NJ and London: Rutgers University Press, 1996); edited with H.M. Pycior and N.G. Slack; reviewed in Science, American Historical Review, Nuncius, Medical Technology, among others; co-author of Introduction, 1-35, Appendix, and C.I.3.
      3. "Women in Modern Scientific Research: A Historical Overview" in World Science Report Paris: UNESCO, official publications, 1995/6); also in a French edition, Rapport Mondial sur la Science), as "La place de femmes dans la science et la technologie"
    2. Most significant publications
      1. From Sufragettes to the DNA Moratorium: Women in the Rise of Molecular Biology, (forthcoming; draft read on 09/10/00, Newnham College, Cambridge University, International Conference on Women in the History of Science, Technology, & Medicine).
      2. "Collaborative Couples who Strove to Change the World: The Social Policies and Personal Tensions of the Russells, the Myrdals, and the Mead-Batesons" in Creative Couples in the Sciences, 1996, (C.I.2), 267-281.
      3. "Synergy or Clash: Disciplinary and Marital Strategies in the Career of the Mathematical Biologist Dorothy M. Wrinch (1894-1976)" in P.G. Abir-Am & D. Outram (eds.), Uneasy Careers and Intimate Lives, Women in Science, 1789-1979 (1987 & 1989), op.cit. 338-94.
      4. Uneasy Careers and Intimate Lives, Women in Science, 1789-1979 (1987 & 1989), co-edited volume co-author of "Introduction", 1-18.
    3. Essay reviews [additional reviews in the complete C.V.PDF document]
      1. "Women in Science as Groups and as Individuals", History and Philosophy of Life Sciences (forthcoming); a review of G. Ferry, Dorothy Hodgkin, A Life and A.H. Koblitz, Science, Women, and Revolution in Russia.
  4. Philanthropic Foundations/ Science Policy. (Rockefeller Foundation & British, French governments)
    1. Most recent
      1. "The Rockefeller Foundation and the Rise of Molecular BiologyPDF document", Nature Reviews - Molecular Cell Biology, 3 (January 2002), 65-70.
      2. "The Strategy of Large Versus Small Scale Investments: The Rockefeller Foundation's International Network of Protein Research, 1930-1960" in American Foundations and Large Scale Research, ed. G. Gemelli (Bologna: Clueb, 2001), 71-90.
      3. "The Rockefeller Foundation and Refugee Biologists: The European and American Careers of Leading RF Grantees from England, France, Germany, and Italy" in The "Unacceptables", American Foundations and Refugee Scholars between the Two World Wars, ed. G. Gemelli (Brussels: P.I.E., 2000), 217-240.
    2. Most significant publications
      1. "The Discourse of Physical Power and Biological Knowledge in the 1930s: A Reappraisal of the Rockefeller Foundation's 'Policy' in Molecular BiologyPDF document", Social Studies of Science, 12 (Aug 1982), 341-82.
      2. "Beyond Deterministic Sociology and Apologetic History: Reassessing the Impact of Research Policy upon New Scientific DisciplinesPDF document", Social Studies of Science, 14 (May 1984), 252-263 (invited reply to four responses on no. 27).
      3. "The Assessment of Interdisciplinary Research in the 1930s: The Rockefeller Foundation and Physico-Chemical Morphology", Minerva, xxvi (summer 1988) 153-176.
    3. Essay reviews [additional reviews in the complete C.V.PDF document]
      1. "Strategic Repositioning of Philanthropic Foundations in the Era of Globalization" (forthcoming).
      2. "A Comparative Study of the Rockefeller Foundation's Divisions: Disciplinarity as Enabling and Constraining the Impact of Large Scale Private Philanthropy" (forthcoming).