Luis A. Campos is a historian of science whose scholarship brings together archival discoveries with contemporary fieldwork at the intersection of biology and society. He has written widely on the history of genetics, synthetic biology, and astrobiology and is the author of Radium and the Secret of Life (University of Chicago Press, 2015), and co-editor of Making Mutations: Objects, Practices, Contexts (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, 2010) and Nature Remade: Engineering Life, Envisioning Worlds (University of Chicago Press, 2021).
Prof. Campos serves as Secretary of the History of Science Society, “the world’s largest society dedicated to understanding science, technology, medicine, and their interactions with society in their historical context.” He is also an associate editor of the Journal of the History of Biology, and has recently served as the program chair for the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology.
Prof. Campos received his A.B. in biology and PhD in the history of science from Harvard University in 1999 and 2006, and his MA in the history and philosophy of science from the University of Cambridge in 2000. He has taught at Drew University and at the University of New Mexico, where he was Regents’ Lecturer and Associate Professor of the History of Science.
Prof. Campos was appointed the Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair of Astrobiology at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. and has served as Scholar-in-Residence at Ginkgo Bioworks (Boston) and as a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), Fondation Brocher (Geneva), Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart), and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin). In 2021 he delivered the George Sarton Memorial Lecture in the History and Philosophy of Science for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Prof. Campos teaches courses in the history of science, atomic history, environmental history, queer history, space history, and the history of biology.