UGA law professor and Pulitzer Prize winner Ed Larson to receive honorary degree


Monday, November 29, 2004

WRITER: Julie Camp, 706/542-5172, lawcomm@uga.edu CONTACT: Ed Larson, 706/542-2660, edlarson@uga.edu

UGA law professor and Pulitzer Prize winner Ed Larson to receive honorary degree

ATHENS, Ga. – University of Georgia School of Law Talmadge Chair Edward J. Larson will be presented with an honorary doctorate in humane letters at Ohio State University’s Dec. 12 commencement ceremony.

This degree, one of Ohio State’s highest honors, will recognize Larson for his lifetime accomplishments as a historian and his efforts to promote the understanding of historical and contemporary issues in bio-science, medicine, politics and law.

Larson, who is also the Russell Professor of American History at UGA, was the 1998 recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in History for his book Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion. An internationally-renowned authority, he has authored five books, co-authored or co-edited six other books, published more than 60 articles and frequently lectures and speaks on history, law and bio-science for academic, professional and public audiences. He has been invited to give endowed or funded lectures at 40 colleges and universities, including the California Institute of Technology, Harvard University and Vanderbilt University.

Recently, Larson published Evolution: The Remarkable History of Scientific Theory and a property law casebook (co-authored with UGA Law Professor James C. Smith). Larson is currently editing a volume of Clarence Darrow’s writings for the Modern Library and just finished editing a version of deliberations of the Constitutional Convention, scheduled for publication next year. Presently, he is lecturing in history and law in Mali, Africa, in sessions organized by the German government.

Larson earned his law degree from Harvard University and his doctorate degree in the history of science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.