Adolf Grünbaum (1923-2018) was appointed Andrew Mellon Professor at the University of Pittsburgh in 1960, a title he held until his death at the age of 95. That very same year, he founded the Center for Philosophy of Science as well as the prestigious Annual Lecture Series. His contributions to the philosophy of science in general and the philosophy of physics in particular are extraordinary. In honor and memory of his legacy of prolific and profound contributions to the field of philosophy, the Center has established an annual Adolf Grünbaum Memorial Lecture thanks to a gift from his daughter Barbara Grünbaum: Each year one of the lecturers for the Annual Lecture Series is designated the Adolf Grünbaum Memorial Lecturer.
2019 – 2020 Michael Strevens, New York University
2020 – 2021 Michela Massimi, The University of Edinburgh, School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
Natural Kinds on Neurath’s Boat
2021 – 2022 James Owen Weatherall, Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science, University of California, Irvine
The Philosophy Behind Dark Matter