MacArthur Fellows Program

Horace Freeland Judson

Historian of Science | Class of 1987

Historian of Science
Baltimore, Maryland
56 at time of award
May 6, 2011
Published July 1, 1987

Abut Horace's Work

Horace Freeland Judson was a science journalist, a critic, and a historian noted for his grasp of the developments of recent science and his ability to convey them lucidly.

His books: The Eighth Day of Creation (1979, expanded ed., 1996), a history of the chief discoveries of molecular biology, and The Search for Solutions (1980), an introduction to the art of scientific discovery, were appreciated by general readers and scientists alike.  Judson worked as a book critic, and then as an arts and science correspondent in London and Paris for Time magazine (1963-72), and published as a freelance writer.


Judson was the retired director of the Center for the History of Recent Science at George Washington University, where he also served as a research professor of history.  Prior to these positions, he was a senior research scholar at Stanford University and the Henry R. Luce Professor of Science and Writing at the Johns Hopkins University.

Judson received a B.A. (1948) from the University of Chicago and did graduate work there and at Columbia University. 

Last updated January 1, 2005.

Select News Coverage of Horace Freeland Judson
May 10, 2011
"Horace Freeland Judson, Science Historian, Dies at 80"
The New York Times
Horace Freeland Judson , 1987 MacArthur Fellow
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