Robert Olby

  • Research Fellow

After teaching courses in the United Kingdom on the history of biology, Olby moved to Pittsburgh, where he taught from 1994 to 1999, concentrating on genetics, molecular biology, and some neuroscience. In 1994, he received the Marc-Auguste Pictet Medal from the Société de physique et d’histoire naturelle de Genève. Since retiring, Olby has researched, and now had published, a biography of Francis Crick.

Course Most Recently Taught

Going Molecular in Biology

Representative Publications

Origins of Mendelism, 2nd. Ed.,Chicago: Chicago University Press, 1985.

The Path to the Double Helix, Macmillan, London, 1974, University of Washington Press, Seattle, 1975. Reprint of English edition with a Postscript, Dover, New York, 1994. With Foreword by Francis Crick.

Hunter of Life’s Secrets. (Cold Spring Harbor: Cold Spring Harbor University Press, 2009).

Companion to the History of Modern Science, in collaboration with John Christie, Geoffrey Cantor, and Jonathan Hodge (Eds.), Routledge, London and New York, 1990, paperback edition 1996.

“The Rockefeller University and the Molecular Revolution in Biology”, in Creating a Tradition of Biomedical Research. Contributions to the History of the Rockefeller University, edited by Darwin Stapleton (New York: Rockefeller University Press, 1994), pp.271-282.

“Mendel no Mendelian?” History of Science, 17 (1979), 99-103.

“The Dimensions of Scientific Controversy: The Biometric-Mendelian Debate,' British Journal for the History of Science, 22 (1988), 299-320.

“Horticulture: the Font for the Baptism of Genetics," Nature Reviews: Genetics, 1 (2000), 65-70.