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Timothy E. Bresnahan
Peter H. Diamandis

Freeman J. Dyson
George Dyson
Susan Hackwood
J. Rogers Hollingsworth
Andrew Robinson
Gino C. Segré



Emeritus professor of history and sociology at the University of Wisconsin,
J. Rogers Hollingsworth has also been, for the past eight years, a visiting scholar at the Institute for Nonlinear Science at the University of California, San Diego, and a visiting fellow at the Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla, California. His present research is an attempt to explain the reasons for variation among countries, over time, and in different research organizations in the rate at which major discoveries in biomedical science occur. He is also engaged in a cross-national and historical research project that examines why countries varied in their capacity to be innovative in science-based industries during the twentieth century. A graduate of Emory University, Dr. Hollingsworth earned a Ph.D. in history at the University of Chicago in 1960. He taught at Chicago and at the University of Illinois before becoming an associate professor of history at the University of Wisconsin in 1964 and, five years later, a full professor. In 1985, he also became a professor of sociology. He chaired Wisconsin’s graduate program in comparative world history for twenty-three years, and in the course of his career on the Madison campus, he was also professor in the university’s Industrial Relations Institute. Dr. Hollingsworth has been the overseas visiting scholar at St. John’s College, Cambridge, a visiting fellow commoner of Trinity College, Cambridge, the Torgny Segerstedt Chair at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences, Andrew Mellon Fellow at the American Philosophical Society, and a fellow of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna among other institutions. He has served as a visiting professor at Northwestern, Harvard, and universities in Canada, England, Germany, Nigeria, and Japan. Named Distinguished Professor of American Studies by the government of Germany in 1998, he is the recipient of honorary degrees from Emory and the University of Uppsala in Sweden. He is a former president and a lifetime honorary fellow of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics. Dr. Hollingsworth received the Humboldt Research Prize for a career of distinguished research in the social sciences and humanities. A member of the editorial boards of the Socio-Economic Review, the Journal of Socio-Economics, and the Canadian Journal of Sociology, he is the author, editor, or co-editor of eighteen books. His State Intervention in Medical Care: Comparisons for Great Britain, France, Sweden, and the United States 1890-1970 (1990) won the Charles H. Levine Prize of the International Political Science Association for the best book in comparative public policy. He has collaborated with his wife Ellen Jane Hollingsworth on many projects, including their forthcoming book, Fostering Scientific Excellence: Organizations, Institutions, and Major Discoveries in Biomedical Science, which will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2009. He is a frequent speaker at universities and research institutes on both sides of the Atlantic, generally focusing on organizations that facilitate the making of radical breakthroughs in science and technology, especially those relating to the biomedical sciences and biotechnology. With Karl H. Müller, he recently developed a cross-national, cross-disciplinary, and cross-temporal research program concerned with modeling rare events with large social consequences (e.g., radical breakthroughs in science and technology, epidemics, earthquakes, collapse of stock markets, and terrorist attacks). The project involves collaborative research with epidemiologists, seismologists and earth scientists, mathematical economists, and social scientists. Dr. Hollingsworth and his colleagues have already published five scholarly papers growing out of their research, the most recent in the 24 July 2008 issue of Nature.

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