Judson, Horace Freeland 1931–

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Judson, Horace Freeland 1931–


Born April 21, 1931, in New York, NY; son of Freeland (an economic statistician) and Harriet Judson; married second wife, Penelope Sylvia Jones, January 11, 1969; children: (first marriage) Grace Louise, Thomas Alexander; (second marriage) Olivia Phoebe, Nicholas Matthew Freeland. Education: University of Chicago, B.A., 1948, graduate study, 1949-51; further graduate study at Columbia University, 1962-63. Religion: Atheist.


Home—Baltimore, MD. Agent—Michael Thomas, A.M. Heath & Co., 40-42 William IV St., London WC2N 4DD, England.


Office of Military Government of the United States, Berlin, Germany, researcher, 1948-49; Reading Laboratory, New York, NY, writer, 1952-53; Harcourt, Brace & Co., New York, NY, editor, 1954-55; advertising copywriter in New York, NY, 1955-62; Time, New York, NY, staff writer, 1963-64, arts and sciences correspondent in London, England, 1965-69, and Paris, France, 1969-71, correspondent in New York, NY, 1972-73; freelance writer, beginning 1973; Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, Henry R. Luce professor writing seminars, professor of history of science, 1981-90; Stanford University, Stanford, CA, visiting professor, 1990-94; George Washington University, Washington, DC, department of history, research professor, 1994-2003, Center for History of Recent Science, director, 1995-2003. Fellow of Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, 1980-81.


Prize from Overseas Press Club of America, 1974, for article "The British and Heroin"; Medical Journalists Association award, 1975, for Heroin Addiction in Britain; Guggenheim fellowship, 1979-80; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation fellow, 1987-92; Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin fellow, 1987-88.


The Techniques of Reading, Harcourt (New York, NY), 1954, 3rd edition, 1972.

Heroin Addiction in Britain, Harcourt (New York, NY), 1974.

The Eighth Day of Creation: Makers of the Revolution in Biology, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1979, CSHL Press (Plainview, NY), 1996.

The Search for Solutions, Holt (New York, NY), 1980, Johns Hopkins University Press (Baltimore, MD), 1987.

El ADN: Clave de la Vida, Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia [Mexico], 1981.

The Great Betrayal: Fraud in Science, Harcourt (Orlando, FL), 2004.

Contributor of articles and reviews to magazines, including the New Yorker, Harper's, Atlantic, Quest, Nature, Time, and Spectator.


Horace Freeland Judson is a writer and historian who specializes in the history of science. He has worked variously as a copywriter and in research, spending time as the arts and science correspondent for Time magazine from both London and Paris as well as teaching the history of science at institutions such as Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, Stanford University in California, and George Washington University in Washington, DC. His writing has appeared in a number of periodicals, including the New Yorker, Harper's, Atlantic, Nature, Quest, Time, and Spectator. He is also the author of a number of books that address the juxtaposition of science on everyday life, such as Heroin Addiction in Britain, The Eighth Day of Creation: Makers of the Revolution in Biology, and The Great Betrayal: Fraud in Science.

In The Great Betrayal, Judson examines the ways in which scientists over the years—in many instances well-known scientists whose work was considered to be groundbreaking—have faked their data in some manner. His examples include Sigmund Freud, who apparently altered some case studies, Charles Darwin, who retouched scientific photographs, and a modern-day Nobel Prize winner. Bryce Christensen, in a review for Booklist, dubbed Judson's effort "a book certain to stir debate over both the cultural disease Judson diagnoses and the remedies he prescribes." American Scientist contributor David Weatherall declared the book "a valuable survey of an extremely disquieting and ill-understood aspect of modern science."



American Scientist, January 1, 2005, David Weatherall, "Conduct Unbecoming," p. 72.

Booklist, October 1, 2004, Bryce Christensen, review of The Great Betrayal: Fraud in Science, p. 286.

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