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Scott Gilbert

Howard A. Schneiderman Professor of Biology

Scott Gilbert

Professor of Biology Scott Gilbert is the author of Developmental Biology (Sinauer Associates, 2000), a bestselling textbook now in its sixth edition, as well as the editor of A Conceptual History of Embryology (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994) and co-editor, with his wife Anne M. Raunio, M.D., of Embryology: Constructing the Organism (Sinauer Associates, 1997). He joined Swarthmore's faculty in 1980 and teaches developmental genetics, embryology, and the history of biology.

Professor Gilbert received his B.A. in both biology and religion from Wesleyan University (1971), and he earned his Ph.D. in biology from the pediatric genetics laboratory of Dr. Barbara Migeon at the Johns Hopkins University (1976). His M.A. in the history of science, also from The Johns Hopkins University, was done under the supervision of Dr. Donna Haraway.

Dr. Gilbert is a member of the education committee of the Society for Developmental Biology, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an honorary member of the St. Peterburg Society of Naturalists, and the former chair of the division of developmental and cell biology of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. He has received several awards, including the Medal of François I from the Collège de France, the Dwight J. Ingle Memorial Writing Award, the Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award, an honorary doctorate from the University of Helsinki, and a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Grant. Dr. Gilbert is also the recipient of a grant from the National Science Foundation to study how the turtle forms its shell, and he continues to do research and write in both developmental biology and in the history and philosophy of biology.

Scott Gilbert-Last Collection

Listen to Scott Gilbert deliver the Last Collection address at the 2011 Commencement.


Listen to Scott Gilbert address "When Does Personhood Begin?"in a talk he has given around the country and to the Vatican.

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