David Kaiser is an American physicist and historian of science. He is Germeshausen Professor of the History of Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), head of its Science, Technology, and Society program, and senior lecturer in the department of physics.
He completed his AB in physics at Dartmouth College (1993), and obtained two PhDs from Harvard University, one in physics (1997) for a thesis entitled "Post-Inflation Reheating in an Expanding Universe," and one in the history of science (2000), with a thesis on "Making Theory: Producing Physics and Physicists in Postwar America."
Kaiser is the author or editor of several books on the history of science, including Drawing Theories Apart: The Dispersion of Feynman Diagrams in Postwar Physics (2005), and How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture, and the Quantum Revival (2011). He was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2010. In March 2012 he was awarded the MacVicar fellowship, an MIT undergraduate teaching award.