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David Edwards, a creator, writer, and educator, teaches at Harvard University and is founder and director of Le Laboratoire in Paris, France. His work, which spans the arts and sciences, has been featured prominently in the international media, and is at the core of a network of art and science labs in Europe, USA and Africa (ArtScience Labs.)
David Edwards' work includes new approaches to treating infectious diseases, as pioneered by the pharmaceutical company Pulmatrix, and the nonprofit MEND; it includes new ways of eating, such as Le Whif, and Le Whaf, as commercially developed through the FoodLab of Le Laboratoire; and it includes new ways of cleaning the air with plants, such as Andrea, commercialized through the cultural incubator LaboGroup. David Edwards' work also includes new approaches to experimental learning through art and science creation including the ArtScience Prize, and the Idea Translation Lab.
David Edwards lives primarily in Paris, France, while he teaches at Harvard University in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and is a member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. Beyond David Edwards' scientific publications, for which he was made the youngest member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2001, and, later a member of the French National Academy of Engineering (2008), he has written widely on creativity in the arts and sciences. For his essays and novels and notably his work as founder and director of the art and design center in Paris, Le Laboratoire, David became a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres of the French Ministry of Culture in 2008.