Ronald Laymon is professor of philosophy emeritus at the Ohio State University where he specialized in the history and philosophy of science. He has published widely, was the recipient of multiple National Science Foundation research grants, was a fellow at the Center for the Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh, and a resident scholar at the Rockefeller Foundation’s villa in Bellagio. In 1995, he took advantage of an early retirement option and completed a law degree at the University of Chicago School of Law in 1997. He then went on to practice large-scale commercial litigation at the Jones Day law firm, where he had the good fortune to serve as second chair on a case before the United States Supreme Court. Now retired from the full time practice of law, Laymon does consulting work for a Open Therapeutics, a biotech, intellectual property firm that facilitates the open source creation of therapeutic technologies. Retirement has also made it possible for Laymon to resurrect his interest and earlier work in the history and philosophy of science.
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