Angela Creager posing in front of an old-fashioned door

Angela Creager

Visiting Scholar (Okt 2022-Aug 2024)


Angela N. H. Creager is the Thomas M. Siebel Professor in the History of Science at Princeton University, where she teaches in the Department of History and advises graduate students through the Program in History of Science. Angela has written two books: The Life of a Virus: Tobacco Mosaic Virus as an Experimental Model, 1930–1965 (2002) shows how a virus that attacks tobacco plants came to play a central role in the development of virology and molecular biology; and Life Atomic: A History of Radioisotopes in Science and Medicine (2013), which traces how and why artificial radioisotopes were taken up by biologists and physicians, and examines the consequences for knowledge and radiation exposure. She is the co-editor of five volumes, the two most recent being Risk on the Table: Food Production, Health, and the Environment with Jean-Paul Gaudillière (2021) and Learning by the Book: Manuals and Handbooks in the History of Science with Mathias Grote and Elaine Leong (2020) (recently featured by the MPIWG). Her new book project, Making Mutations Matter, examines science and regulation in the 1960s through the 1980s, focusing attention on how researchers conceptualized and developed techniques for detecting environmental carcinogens.


Testing Chemicals and Validating Tests: Regulatory Practices and Politics


Validation and Regulation in the Sciences of Health


History of Science Reader


Learning by the Book: Manuals and Handbooks in the History of Knowledge


Science and Policy in a World of Carcinogens


Vital Histories: A Reassessment of the Modern Life Sciences


Selected Publications

Creager, Angela N. H. (2022). “Narratives of Genetic Selfhood.” Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte 45 (3): 468–486.

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Creager, Angela N. H. (2022). “Review of: Eder, Sandra: How the Clinic Made Gender: The Medical History of a Transformative Idea. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press 2022.” The FASEB Journal 36 (6).

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Creager, Angela N. H. (2022). “The Radioactive Footprint of the Anthropocene.” In Anthropogenic Markers: Stratigraphy and Context, ed. C. Rosol and G. Rispoli. Berlin: Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.

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Creager, Angela N. H. (2022). “Model Systems Unbound.” Journal of the History of Biology 55 (1): 21–28.

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Past Events


Anthropogenic Markers Workshop


Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

Sharing the “Safe” Atom: The International Atomic Energy Agency and Nuclear Regulation through Standardization (with Maria Rentetzi)

Society for the Social Studies of Science

Annual Meeting

A History of Radioisotopes in Nuclear Medicine

Society for Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging

Annual Meeting

To Test or Not to Test? Tools, Rules, and Corporate Data in US Chemicals Regulation

Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin

Fellows’ Colloquium

Recipes for Recombining DNA. A History of Molecular Cloning: A Laboratory Manual

Technische Universität Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Forschungskolloquium zu Wissenschaftsgeschichte

To Test or Not to Test? Science and Evidence in Environmental Regulation

Forschungsgruppe 2448, Technische Universität München

Practicing Evidence – Evidencing Practice: How is (Scientific) Knowledge Validated, Valued and Contested?

Nachrichten & Presse

Chinesischsprachiger "History of Science Reader" in Shanghai Review of Books gelobt