Daniel Callahan (born July 19, 1930) is an American philosopher in the field of biomedical ethics.
Daniel Callahan was born in Washington, D.C. on July 19, 1930. In high school Callahan was a swimmer and chose to attend Yale University because of its competitive swimming program. While at Yale, he was drawn to interdisciplinary studies and graduated in 1952 with a double degree in English and Philosophy. He received the M.A. degree from Georgetown University in 1956 and the Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard in 1965.
From 1961 to 1968, Callahan worked as executive editor of Commonweal, a Catholic journal of opinion. He also was a researcher for the Population Council, receiving grants from the Council and the Ford Foundation in 1968 to study ethical issues in family planning and population control
Daniel Callahan is a Senior Research Scholar and President Emeritus of the Hastings Center, a nonpartisan bioethics research institution he cofounded with Willard Gaylin in 1969. Callahan served as the center's president from its inception to September 1, 1996. He currently co-directs the Yale-Hastings Program in Ethics and Health Policy. Dr. Callahan is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences; a former member of the Director's Advisory Committee, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and of the Advisory Council, Office of Scientific Responsibility, Department of Health and Human Services. He was awarded the Freedom and Scientific Responsibility Award of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1996