Piers J. Hale
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Dr. Piers J. Hale and Dr. Barry Weaver in an April 2009 interview for Fox News regarding the invesitgation by State Representatives of the visit to campus of Richard Dawkins.
Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History

Dr. Hale talks about the significance of Darwin's Origin of Species, first published in November 1859.

Piers Hale
Click the picture for a link to video of Dr. Hale's lecture "Lessons from History? Eugenics, Medicine, and Science Policy in the United States"OUHSC, May 2009.



Department of the History of Science
Darwin Day 2012

On February 12th Dr. Hale gave the 2012 Darwin Day Lecture at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History,
"Reconsidering Darwinian Ethics: from the Origin of Species to the Descent of Man". Over 200 people attended the event.

Research Interests

"My research interests focus upon the ways in which the life sciences have contributed to the ways in which we think about what it means to be human. The science of biology has historically had so much to say about what is 'natural' for humans - both what is possible, and what is not; and, as our understandings of biology have changed, so too have our understandings of the limits of human possibility. Just one aspect of this that is pressing today is the way in which we think about genetic inheritance, gene-therapies and genetic-engineering, and how they potentially open up a whole new chapter in the ways in which we think about ourselves..."


Darwin Ape Kingsley Science & Literature Tyndal
Political Descent
Charles Kingsley
& Water Babies
Science & Literature
John Tyndall Correspondence Project

[Interested in undergraduate or graduate research with Dr. Hale? See my research page for further details.]

Recent and Forthcoming Academic Presentations

September 27th, 2013: "Political Descent", University of Central Oklahoma Biology Club presentation, 12:00-1:00pm.

October 4th: Dr. Hale will be a panelist in the University of Oklahoma "Integrity Forum", 5:00pm, PHSC, Rm. 201.

February 12th, 2012: DARWIN DAY LECTURE, "Reconsidering Darwin Ethics: from the Orign of Species to the Descent of Man.

February 13th, 2012: "Informed Consent and Patient Autonomy", lecture for OU Pre-med club. 7:00pm Dale Hall Rm. 225.

[For past events click here]




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Site last updated: October 11th 2012


Assistant Professor of the History of Modern Science


Contact Details:

Email: phale@ou.edu
Tel: ++ 1+(405) 325-3392
Fax: ++1+ (405) 325-2363

History of Science
University of Oklahoma,
601 Elm Avenue,
Physical Science Building 610

Office Hours:
and by appointment.

Areas of Expertise:

History of biology, ecology and evolution.
Intellectual history of Modern Britain.
British Labour History.
History of gender, the body, and the subject.

Linnean Society of London
 In light of his work in the history of evolutionary biology Dr. Hale was recently elected a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London. Founded in 1788, the Linnean Sociey is the world's oldest active biological society. It exists to promote the study of all aspects of natural history, especially evolution, taxonomy, biodiversity and sustainability.

Hale receives OU Teaching Award

Piers J. Hale is the recipient of the University of Oklahoma 2010 General Education Teaching Award. Hale was congratulated by University President David L. Boren, April 2010

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