David Edwards (engineer)

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David A. Edwards is the Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Biomedical Engineering at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.[1] Much of his career has focused on drug delivery systems for treating infectious diseases.

Early life and education[edit]

Edwards was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan.[citation needed] He studied chemical engineering, receiving a B.S. from Michigan Technological University in the field in 1983, and a Ph.D. in 1987 from the Illinois Institute of Technology.[2][3]


Edwards' scientific work in biomedical engineering concerns the research and development of drug delivery platforms for treating infectious diseases in the developing world. He was a founder of Advanced Inhalation Research, now part of Alkermes, Inc., of Pulmatrix, and of Medicine in Need, an international non-governmental organization aimed at developing new drugs and vaccines for diseases of poverty, such as tuberculosis.[4][5]


  • Edwards, David; Cantor, Jay (2008). Niche. Harvard University Press. ISBN 9780674027909.
  • Edwards, David (2009). Whiff. Harvard University Press. ISBN 9780674032866.
  • Edwards, David (2010). ArtScience: Creativity in the Post-Google Era. Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0674034648.
  • Edwards, David (2010). The Lab: Creativity and Culture. Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0-674-05719-7.
  • Edwards, David (2019). Creating Things That Matter: The Art and Science of Innovations That Last. Picador. ISBN 978-1-250-23071-3.

Personal life[edit]

Edwards, his wife and two children live between Boston and Paris.[6]


  1. ^ Faculty profile Archived 2008-04-06 at the Wayback Machine, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
  2. ^ Osgood, Charles; Braver, Rita (27 September 2015). "Does a degree in chemical engineering guarantee that its holder will enjoy the sweet smell of success?". CBS Sunday Morning. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  3. ^ Schmadeke, Steve (10 April 2009). "A whiff of innovation--and chocolate". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  4. ^ Chutzpah Science, Forbes magazine, May 25, 2005.
  5. ^ Nose Spray May Slow Spread of Germs, Fox News, November 30, 2004.
  6. ^ Kirsner, Scott (3 March 2013). "Harvard dreamer looks for ways to link art, science, and commerce: Innovation Economy". Boston Globe. Retrieved 23 September 2020.

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