Fellow: Awarded 1992
Field of Study: Science Writing
Competition: US & Canada
After studying mathematics as an undergraduate at New York University, Israel Rosenfield received his M.D. from New York University School of Medicine and his Ph.D. from Princeton. He teaches at the City University of New York. His books, translated into a number of languages, include The Invention of Memory: A New View of the Brain; The Strange, Familiar and Forgotten: An Anatomy of Consciousness (expanded new version in French: L’étrange, le familier et l’oublié); and the satirical novel Freud’s Megalomania, a New York Times notable book of the year (2000). He coauthored DNA for Beginners with Edward Ziff and their new book, DNA: The Molecule That Shook the World. He is a longtime contributor to The New York Review of Books and he has been a participant in Art/Science events such as La Fabbrica del Pensiero (Florence), Bridge the Gap (Japan), and the Experiment Marathon (London and Reykjavik). His writings have been a focus of interest for contemporary artists and he has written essays and satirical pieces for the exhibition catalogues of Olafur Eliasson, Gloria Friedmann, Anna Gaskell, Douglas Gordon, Pierre Huyghe, Philippe Parreno, A. R. Penck, and Anri Sala.