The Journal of Philosophy, Science & Law

David L. Goodstein, Ph.D.

David L. Goodstein, Ph.D., is vice provost and professor of physics and applied physics emeritus at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, where he has been on the faculty for more than 45 years. In 1995, he was named the Frank J. Gilloon Distinguished Teaching and Service Professor. In 1999, Dr. Goodstein was awarded the Oersted Medal of the American Association of Physics Teachers. He has served on numerous scientific and academic panels, including the National Advisory Committee to the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate of the National Science Foundation. He is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the California Council on Science and Technology.

In recent times, Dr. Goodstein has turned his attention to issues related to conduct and misconduct in science. Prompted by the need to compose a set of regulations governing possible misconduct at Cal Tech, he has developed an academic sub-specialty in this area, writing and speaking about it in a variety of forums. Together with his colleague, Professor of Philosophy James Woodward, he has developed a course, Research Ethics, which has been taught each year at Caltech since the early 1990's.

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