Elof Axel Carlson

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Elof Axel Carlson
Scientific career
InstitutionsQueen's University (Canada)
State University of New York at Stony Brook
Doctoral advisorHermann Joseph Muller

Elof Axel Carlson (born 1931) is distinguished teaching professor emeritus at State University of New York at Stony Brook, as well as an American geneticist and noted historian of Science. Carlson earned his B.A. in 1953 from New York University, and his PhD in 1958 in zoology from Indiana University[1] under the mentorship of Hermann Joseph Muller. Carlson is a past recipient of the E. Harris Harbison Award for excellence in teaching given by the Danforth Foundation.[2]

He has been a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota, San Diego State University, and Tougaloo College.[1] He was also a McMurrin Visiting Professor at the University of Utah.[3]


  • The Gene: a Critical History (1989) ISBN 978-0-8138-1406-3
  • Genes, Radiation, and Society. The Life and Work of H. J. Muller (Cornell Univ. Press, 1981)
  • The Unfit: A history of a bad idea (2001) ISBN 978-0-87969-587-3
  • Mendel's Legacy: The origin of classical genetics (2004) ISBN 978-0-87969-675-7
  • Times of Triumph, Times of Doubt: Science And the Battle for Public Trust (2006) ISBN 978-0-87969-805-8
  • Neither Gods Nor Beasts: How Science is changing who we think we are (2008) ISBN 978-0-87969-786-0
  • Mutation: The History of an Idea from Darwin to Genomics (2011) ISBN 978-1-936113-30-9
  • The 7 Sexes: Biology of Sex Determination (2013) ISBN 9780253006455 (cl : alk. paper); ISBN 9780253006547 (eb)

Scholarly works co-written[edit]

Demerec, M., Kaufman, B. P., & Carlson, E. A. (1986). Drosophila guide: introduction to the genetics and cytology of Drosophila melanogaster. Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Institute of Washington.


  1. ^ a b "Semester At Sea - Fall 2001". Archived from the original on 2006-10-21. Retrieved 2007-11-13.
  2. ^ "USB Honors by Faculty Member". Archived from the original on 2007-06-30. Retrieved 2007-11-13.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-01-15. Retrieved 2007-11-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)