- Donate and learn about The Sheldon Krimsky Fund for Environmental Ethics and Values
- Tisch Library’s Tower Cafe at Tufts has Dr. Krimsky’s books on display now until March 20, 2023
- Read: NYT Obituary on Dr. Krimsky or PDF of Obit
- Read: Tufts Now Article “Remembering Dr. Krimsky”
- Read: GM Watch: In memory of Sheldon Krimsky: “Truly adored professor” and fearless critic of GMOs
- Listen to Dr. Krimsky’s memories of his life growing up in Coney Island
- Share your thoughts and memories of Dr. Krimsky
Dr. Sheldon Krimsky was an internationally esteemed scholar, and pioneer in environmental ethics. His probing work investigates the connection between science, ethics, and biotechnology, and the pernicious role chemicals play in the environment. A truly adored professor at Tufts University for 47 years, he held the distinguished position of Lenore Stern Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning. He also taught ethics at the Tufts University School of Medicine and was a visiting scholar at Columbia University, Brooklyn College, The New School and New York University. Dr. Krimsky received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics from Brooklyn College, CUNY and Purdue University, respectively, and a master’s and doctorate in philosophy at Boston University.
In his prolific and inspirational academic career, Dr. Krimsky authored 17 books including Understating DNA Ancestry, Genetic Alchemy, Biotechnics and Society, Hormonal Chaos, and Science in the Private Interest. He also co-authored Environmental Hazards and Agricultural Biotechnology and the Environment and published more than 235 articles on the regulation and social and ethical aspects of science and technology, bringing attention to issues such as DNA privacy, GMOs and other conflicts of interest in science. Dr. Krimsky served on the National Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee of NIH and chaired the Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility of AAAS and had been a consultant to the Office of Technology Assessment. He was on the Board of Directors of the Council for Responsible Genetics and served on the editorial board of seven noted journals.