Creager Awarded NEH Grant

Written by
Jamie Saxon, Office of Communications, Princeton University
Feb. 2, 2024

Angela Creager, the Thomas M. Siebel Professor in the History of Science and professor of history, and Ryo Morimoto, assistant professor of anthropology, have received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in a round of awards to humanities projects nationwide.

Their grant awards are among 260 supporting “exemplary humanities projects undertaken by scholars, higher education institutions and organizations of every size,” said NEH Chair Shelly C. Lowe in a press statement announcing the winners.

Creager received a $60,000 grant for research and writing a book, “Environment, Mutation, Cancer: A History of the Ames Test.”

She joined the Princeton faculty in 1994 and is the chair of the Department of History. Her scholarship focuses on the history of 20th-century biomedical research. She is the author of “The Life of a Virus: Tobacco Mosaic Virus as an Experimental Model, 1930-1965” (2002) and “Life Atomic: A History of Radioisotopes in Science and Medicine” (2013), and co-author of “Residues: Thinking Through Chemical Environments” (2022).

In 1998 she received the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Creager teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses on the history of science, the history of biology, and the legacy of the atomic bomb in postwar science, technology, politics and culture. This spring she is teaching the undergraduate course “History of Biology.”