Portrait of Luis Campos

Luis Campos

Baker Institute Rice Faculty Scholar


Luis Campos, Ph.D., is a Baker Institute Rice faculty scholar with the Science and Technology Policy Program. He is also the Baker College Chair for the History of Science, Technology, and Innovation at Rice University. Trained in both biology and in the history of science, Campos has written widely on the history of genetics and biological engineering. He is the author of “Radium and the Secret of Life” (University of Chicago Press, 2015) and co-editor of “Making Mutations: Objects, Practices, Contexts” (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, 2009) and “Nature Remade: Engineering Life, Envisioning Worlds” (University of Chicago Press, 2021). He has held the Baruch S. Blumberg/NASA Chair of Astrobiology at the Library of Congress (2016-2017) and has been in residence at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), Columbia University (New York), Fondation Brocher (Geneva), Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart) and the biotech company Ginkgo Bioworks (Boston). Campos is an associate editor of the Journal of the History of Biology and recently completed six years serving as secretary of the History of Science Society, “the world’s largest society dedicated to understanding science, technology, and medicine, and their interactions with society in their historical context.”

Campos earned his Ph.D. in the history of science from Harvard University. He also earned an M.A. in the history and philosophy of science from the University of Cambridge and an A.B. in biology from Harvard University.

Contact at luis.a.campos@rice.edu or 713-348-2453.