David Kaiser

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For the historian and professor at the Naval War College, see David E. Kaiser.
David Kaiser
Nationality American
Education AB (physics) Dartmouth College, 1993
PhD (physics) Harvard University, 1997
PhD (history of science) Harvard University, 2000
Occupation Germeshausen Professor of the History of Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Website MIT faculty page

David I. 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.[1]

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).[2] He was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2010.[1] In March 2012 he was awarded the MacVicar fellowship, a prestigious MIT undergraduate teaching award.[3]


Kaiser completed his AB in physics at Dartmouth College in 1993. He obtained two PhDs from Harvard University. The first was in physics in 1997 for a thesis entitled "Post-Inflation Reheating in an Expanding Universe," the second in the history of science in 2000 for a thesis on "Making Theory: Producing Physics and Physicists in Postwar America."[1]



  1. ^ a b c Kaiser CV, MIT, accessed March 12, 2013; "Short biography", MIT, accessed April 26, 2011.
  2. ^ Hugh Gusterson, "Physics: Quantum outsiders", Nature, 476, 278–279, August 18, 2011.

    George Johnson, "What Physics Owes the Counterculture", The New York Times, June 17, 2011.

  3. ^ Jesse Kirkpatrick, "Four MacVicar Recipients", The Tech, 132(13).

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