Richard M. Burian, 1991–1992 - National Humanities Center

Richard M. Burian (NHC Fellow, 1991–92)

Project Title

Handling Heredity: A Century of Heredity in French Biology

Virginia Tech University

Return to All Fellows

Fellowship Work Summary, 1991–92

Richard M. Burian wrote two entries for the Dictionary of American Biography and co-authored two essays for publication: "The Non-interaction of Regulatory Genetics and Human Cytogenetics in France, 1955-1975," in History and Development of Human Genetics (World Scientific Publishing Company, 1992) and "A Defence of Propensity Interpretations of Fitness" in PSA 1992, vol. 1 (Philosophy of Science Association, 1992). He worked on four chapters of Handling Heredity: A Century of Heredity in French Biology (with J. Gayon and D. T. Zallen); on a series of lectures on the relationship between history and philosophy of science that he delivered at the Université de Bourgogne in Dijon; on "Technique, Task Definition, and Choice of Organism: Some Hazards on the Road to Molecular Genetics," presented at a Mellon workshop at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and tentatively accepted for publication in The Journal of the History of Biology; and (with D. T. Zallen) on an essay commissioned for the October 1992 issue of Genetics.