Norman Daniels

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Norman Daniels
Born 1942
New York
Residence Massachusetts, USA
Citizenship USA
Nationality American (US)
Fields global health, population health, health ethics, philosophy, ethics
Institutions Tufts University, Tufts University School of Medicine, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University
Known for political philosophy; a theory of justice which includes health possibilities and healthcare ethics; moral epistemology; allocation of resources; public goods
Notable awards Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation[1]

Norman Daniels, born in 1942, is an American political philosopher and philosopher of science, political theorist, ethicist, and bioethicist at Harvard University and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.[2] Before his career at Harvard, Daniels had built his career as a medical ethicist at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts and at Tufts University School of Medicine, also in Boston.

Teaching positions[edit]

Until his retirement at the end of June 2016, Daniels had been Mary B. Saltonstall Professor of Population Ethics and Professor of Ethics and Population Health in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston.

Previously, and for 33 years, he had taught political philosophy at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.[3][4] At Tufts University, he had been Goldthwaite Professor and chair of the philosophy department, and at Tufts University School of Medicine, he was professor of medical ethics (1969–2002).[5]


Personal life[edit]

Daniels is married to neuro-psychologist Anne Lacy Daniels (Ed.D.).[7] They have one son, Noah M. Daniels, formerly a postdoctoral research associate at MIT, is now Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Statistics of The University of Rhode Island.[8]

With Jared Israel, Daniels co-chaired the Harvard chapter of the Students for a Democratic Society in 1969.[9][10][11]

In a public letter to his fraternity brothers at Wesleyan, Daniels wrote: "At Harvard, I ended up co-chair of SDS and gave the speech on the steps of University Hall April 9, 1969, that began the take-over of that administration building and thus led to the Harvard Strike. I would have been fired as a teaching fellow, so I followed my advisors advice and quit that position to take a part-time job at Tufts, teaching philosophy of science and political philosophy. I stayed 33 years."[4]

Professional affiliations[edit]


  • He has consulted with organizations, commissions, and governments in the U.S. and abroad on issues of justice and health policy
  • Consultant, United Nations
  • Consultant, World Health Organization
  • President's Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine


[Source: Bibliography of books, from personal webpage, which also includes peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters published since 1965]


  • Member, Institute of Medicine
  • Fellow, The Hastings Center
  • Founding Member, National Academy of Social Insurance
  • Founding Member, International Society for Equity in Health
  • Founding Member, National Cancer Policy Board, established by the Institute of Medicine and the Commission on the Life Sciences (served He served four years)
  • Founding Member, Advisory Board of the Open Society Foundation project on Medicine as a Profession, and on the International Bioethics Advisory Board of PAHO. He served recently on an IOM Committee on the use of Cost Effectiveness Analysis in regulatory contexts.

Fellowships and grants[edit]

Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 1997 (for the period 1998-2001)
"Limit-Setting in Managed Care and Other Health Delivery Systems: Legitimacy, Fair Process, and the Goals of Health Care Reform"[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Award page for RWJF Investigator Award in Health Policy Research
  2. ^ HSPH faculty profile
  3. ^ Justice, Health, and Healthcare, an article on political and social justice vis a vis access to healthcare, while Norman Daniels taught at Tufts
  4. ^ a b Bios_63-64 htm
  5. ^ Faculty Associates of the Edward J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard, noting some of the topical areas which Dr. Daniels researches
  6. ^ Biosketch: Norman Daniels, personal homepage
  7. ^ Health Providers Data for Anne Lacy Daniels, EdD
  8. ^ MIT CSAIL profile for Noah M. Daniels, PhD
  9. ^ Robert M. Smith (May 2, 1969). "169 Fined in Harvard Sit-In; 2 Cleared at Cambridge". The New York Times. Retrieved February 9, 2009. 
  10. ^ "70 Youths Ejected In Protest on Draft At House Building". The New York Times. May 9, 1967. Retrieved February 9, 2009. 
  11. ^ Alexander Reid (April 9, 1989). "Harvard, Ex-Radicals Remember Many Talk of Feelings 20 Years After Protest". The Boston Globe. Retrieved February 9, 2009. 

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