Professor Nicolas Rasmussen

Professor
MA Chicago, MPhil Cambridge, PhD Stanford, MPH Sydney
School of Humanities & Languages

Contact

9385 2361
Room 314, Morven Brown
Kensington Campus

Consultation

Tuesday 2-3:30 (in teaching weeks) and by appointment
Fields: History and Philosophy of Medicine, Historical Studies
Tags: Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified, Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society

Research

Nicolas Rasmussen is a Professor in the School of Humanities. He has higher degrees in history and philosophy of science, developmental biology, and public health. 

His research has dealt with the role of instrumentation in shaping scientific knowledge, the history of biotechnology, molecular biology and its cultural and intellectual history, the history of drug abuse and pharmaceuticals in the United States since 1900, and the influence of industry sponsorship on biomedical research.  He has been principle investigator on several NSF (USA) and ARC grants. 

His current major project concerns obesity research and public health policy in the 1950s USA.  He has just published a book on the history of genetic engineering with Johns Hopkins, entitled _Gene Jockeys: Life Science and the Rise of Biotech Enterprise__.  .

See staff webpage for more.

Publications

Teaching

Current and recent courses taught:

ARTS2303: On Drugs: Medicine, Science and Industry since 1900

ARTS3270: History Capstone

ARTS3242: Environmental History 

Life Science in the 20th Century: The Molecular Revolution (not currently taught)
Agriculture and Civilisation in Environmental Perspective (not currently taught)

Honours and prizes

Residential Fellowship, Center for Advanced Studies in Social and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, autumn 2015

“Highly Commended”, British Medical Association Book Awards, for Gene Jockeys, 2015

Australian Research Council “Discovery Project” Large (sole PI) Grant for research on history of obesity, heart disease research, and public health policy in early Cold War USA (A$180,000), 2014-16

Countway Library Fellowship in History of Medicine, Harvard and Boston Medical Library, 2013-14

Australian Research Council “Discovery Project” Large (sole PI) Grant for research on history of biotechnology policy and rDNA drug development in 1970s-80s USA (A$165,000), 2009–12

2008 Stanley Jackson Prize for best article published in the Journal of the History of Medicine in a three year interval, for “Making the First Antidepressant"

2007 J. Worth Estes Prize for best scholarly article on history of drugs or pharmacology, American Association for the History of Medicine, for “Making the First Antidepressant”

Australian Research Council “Discovery Project” Large Grant (as sole PI) for research on history of pharmaceutical development in early and mid-20th C USA (A$132,000), 2004–06

Senior Visiting Fellowship, MIT-Dibner Institute for History of Science and Technology, winter 2004

2000 Book Prize, History of Science Society, Forum for the History of Science in America, for best book on the history of American science by a junior author, for Picture Control.

1999 Paul Bunge Prize for best work on history of scientific instruments (awarded by the German Chemical Society on behalf of the Hans Jenemann Foundation), for Picture Control.

National Science Foundation (USA) senior research grant (as independent scholar, and sole PI) for research on history of plant physiology in early and mid-20th C USA (US$56,000), 1998

Senior Visiting Fellowship, MIT-Dibner Institute for History of Science and Technology, autumn 1998

Related links

Home Page with bibilography and links to On Speed, Gene Jockeys, and other publications

Other information

NO RELATION to the Danish football striker, French Jazz musician, or Scientologist of the same name