Robert Pollack

Robert Pollack
Robert Pollack
Biologist, Columbia University; Author, The Course of Nature

ROBERT POLLACK is a professor of biological sciences, and also serves as director of the University Seminars at Columbia University (on sabbatical for academic year 2019-2020). He is also a member of the affiliate faculty of the American Studies Program. From 1999-2012, he was the director of the Center for the Study of Science and Religion, a program within Columbia’s Earth Institute. In 2014 his interest in questions that lie at the intersect of science and subjectivity, coupled with the gift of an endowment from College alumnus Harvey Krueger, led him to establish the Research Cluster on Science and Subjectivity, a project within Columbia’s Center for Science and Society. 

In addition to these activities, Pollack has authored many research reports, reviews, articles, and opinion pieces on molecular biology, medical ethics, and science education as well as writing or editing ten books, including Signs of Life (1994), which won the Lionel Trilling Award and has been translated into six languages, The Faith of Biology and the Biology of Faith (2000), and The Missing Moment (2001). His most recent book is The Course of Nature, a book of drawings by the artist Amy Pollack, accompanied by his short explanatory essays.