Betty Ann Kevles

Betty Ann Kevles's picture
Phone number: 
(203) 785-4695
Research Areas: 
History of science & technology; Intersection of art & science


History of science and technology; intersection of art and science

Professor Kevles received her BA from Vassar College and MA from Columbia University in History. Her research interests include the history of animal behavior, Darwinian studies, the history of medical imaging, the interaction of science and art, and various aspects of human space flight including the role of women, and the role of space in art, and art in space.

Selected Publications:


Almost Heaven: The Story of Women in Space (Basic Books, New York, 2003; revised and updated paperback edition, MIT Press, 2006)

Picturing DNA. (coauthored with Marilyn Nissenson) 2000

Naked to the Bone: Medical Imaging in the Twentieth Century (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1997: revised paperback edition, Perseus, 1998)

Females of the Species: Sex and Survival in the Animal Kingdom (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1986)

Thinking Gorillas: Teaching and Testing the Greatest Ape (New York: E.P. Dutton, 1980)

Watching the Wild Apes: The Primate Studies of Goodall, Fossey, and Galdikas (New York: E.P. Dutton, 1976)

Work in Progress

Tomorrow: An American Place and Time, co-authored with Daniel J. Kevles, Yale University Press


“Europe in Space,” Encyclopedia of Europe, in press

“Vein Man” in The Anatomy Lesson: Conversations with Johannes de Ketham Artist book by Joyce Cutler-Shaw, In response to the Fasciculus Medicinae of 1495 (Middletown, CT: Robin Price, 2005)

“Diagnostica Medica Per Immagini” Storia Della Scienza, Encicopedia Italiana, Volume 8, La Seconda Rivoluzione Scientifica, 2005

“Truth, Beauth and the Double Helix” Newsweek International, co-authored with Daniel Kevles, February 24, 2003

“The Physical Sciences and the Physician’s Eye: Dissolving Disciplinary Boundaries,” in Mary Jo Nye, ed., Cambridge History of the Physical Sciences, Vol 3 (2002)

“Primatology” and “E.O. Wilson,” in John Heilbron, ed., The Oxford Companion to the History of Science (New York: Oxford University Press, 2002)

“La Biologie des Boucs Emissaires,” co-authored with Daniel J. Kevles, La Recherche, July/August 1998, pp. 58-63;

“Scapegoat Biology,” co-authored with Daniel J. Kevles, Discover, October 1997, pp 58-62

“Charles Darwin,” Encyclopedia Britannica (15th ed.; 1989)