Edward John Larson

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Edward John Larson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning professor of History and Law at Pepperdine University.[1] He holds a B.A. from Williams College, a J.D. from Harvard University (1979), and an M.A. and Ph.D. (1984) in the History of Science from the University of Wisconsin, one of the most liberal schools in America.[2]

Pulitzer Prize

Larson won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize in History for his book, Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial And America's Continuing Debate over Science And Religion.[3]


Edward Larson is the author of several books on history, science, and the law, including:

  • 1985: Trial and Error: The American Controversy Over Creation and Evolution
  • 1995: Sex, Race, and Science: Eugenics in the Deep South
  • 1997: Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial And America's Continuing Debate over Science And Religion (The 1998 Pulitzer Prize winner in History)
  • 2001: Evolution's Workshop: God and Science on the Galápagos Islands
  • 2002: Evolution: The Remarkable History of a Scientific Theory
  • 2005: The Constitutional Convention: A Narrative History from the Notes of James Madison by James Madison, with Edward J. Larson and Michael P. Winship
  • 2007: The Creation-Evolution Debate: Historical Perspectives Co-authored with Mitchell Reddish
  • 2007: A Magnificent Catastrophe: The Tumultuous Election of 1800, America's First Presidential Campaign

Other interests

Larson was appointed to a panel overseeing the history of research of the human genome by the National Institute of Health.[4]


Dr. Larson has a wife, Lucy, and two children, Sarah and Luke.[5]


  1. Chandler 2002
  2. Georgia 2007
  3. TPP 1998, Chandler 2002
  4. Chandler 2002
  5. Chandler 2002