Oren Harman

Visiting Scholar (Jan 2024-Jun 2024)

Oren Harman was trained in history and biology at the Hebrew University (BSc and BA), Oxford University (MSc and DPhil), and Harvard University (postdoc). He is Senior Research Fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and the long-time Chair of the Graduate Program in Science, Technology and Society at Bar Ilan University.

Harman’s books include The Man Who Invented the Chromosome (Harvard University Press, 2004) and Evolutions: Fifteen Myths That Explain Our World (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2018) and the co-edited collections Rebels, Mavericks and Heretics in Biology (Yale University Press, 2008), Outsider Scientists (Chicago University Press, 2013), Dreamers, Visionaries, and Revolutionaries in the Life Sciences (Chicago University Press, 2018), and Handbook of the Historiography of Biology (Springer, 2021). His book The Price of Altruism (W. W. Norton, 2010) won the 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Book of the Year in Science and Technology, and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

Oren Harman has written widely for popular and professional audiences on genetics, evolution, history and philosophy of science, altruism, and science and mythology. He is currently working on a scientific and cultural history of metamorphosis and on an illustrated children’s book about Darwin’s missing notebooks.




  • The Man Who Invented the Chromosome (Harvard, 2004)
  • The Price of Altruism (W.W. Norton, 2010)
  • Evolutions: Fifteen Myths That Explain Our World (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2018)
  • Rebels Mavericks and Heretics in Biology (Yale, 2008)
  • Outsiders Scientists: Routes to Innovation in Biology (Chicago, 2013)


Metamorphosis: A Personal History


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Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

Keynote: Evolutions: Fifteen Myths That Explasin Our World

European Molecular Biology Laboratories (EMBL)