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.
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
Piers Hale's book Political Descent. Malthus, Mutualism and the Politics of Evolution in Victorian England, has just been published by Chicago University Press. It was recently chosen for review by Times Higher Education.
"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..."
& Water Babies
Science & Literature
John Tyndall Correspondence Project
Recent and Forthcoming Academic Presentations
Dr. Hale is on sabbical for the Fall semester working on his next book, a collaboration with Prof. John Beatty (UBC) on Charles Kingsley's nineteenth-century evolutionary fairytale, Water Babies.
September 26th, 2014: "Political Descent. Malthus Mutualism and the Politics of Evolution", Peking University, Beijing, China.
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Associate Professor of the History of Modern Science
Dr. Hale has presented his research on Charles Darwin and the moral meaning of evolution in past 'Darwin Day' lectures.
History of Science University of Oklahoma,
601 Elm Avenue,
Physical Science Building 610
Office Hours: Tuesday
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.
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.
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