Mario Biagioli

Distinguished Professor of Law and Science and Technology Studies

University of California, Davis, School of Law


Center for Science and Innovation Studies, UC Davis

Mario Biagioli is a Distinguished Professor of Law and Science and Technology Studies (STS), and Director of the Center for Science and Innovation Studies at UC Davis. At the Law School, he teaches courses on intellectual property in science, and on the history and philosophy of intellectual property.

Prior to joining UC Davis, he was Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University, specializing in intellectual property in science.  He has also taught at UCLA, Stanford, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Science Sociales (Paris), and the University of Aberdeen (Scotland).  For more than a decade, Professor Biagioli has been studying problems of authorship and priority attribution in contemporary "Big Science," editing (with Peter Galison), Scientific Authorship (Routledge, 2003).  He has subsequently published on the history of patenting in the sciences, the development of specifications requirements, the peer review of patent applications.  With Pater Jaszi and Martha Woodmansee, he has edited Making and Unmaking Intellectual Property (Chicago, 2011) and is working on The Author as Vegetable, a book on the role of environmental concepts in contemporary discussions of the knowledge commons.  Other current research interests include definitions of patentable subject matter and the role of secrecy in science.

A former Guggenheim Fellow, he is a founding member of the International Society for the Theory and History of Intellectual Property (ISTHIP).  After studying computer science at the University of Pisa (Italy) and receiving an MFA in photography from the Visual Studies Workshop and the Rochester Institute of Technology, he was awarded a PhD in history of science from UC Berkeley in 1989.  He is also the author of Galileo Courtier (Chicago, 1993 - translated in German, Greek, Spanish, and Portuguese), Galileo's Instruments of Credit (Chicago, 2006), and the editor of The Science Studies Reader (Routledge, 1998).