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Nicolas Rasmussen

Professor; Coordinator, History & Philosophy of Science, UNSW Sydney

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.


  • –present
    Convenor, History & Philosophy of Science, University of New South Wales