The Ministry of the French National Education has named Jan Goldstein a chevalier of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques in France.

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This honor is the oldest non-military French decoration, awarded to major figures in the academic, educational, and cultural realms. Napoleon first created the palmes académiques as an honorary title in 1808.

Goldstein is the Norman and Edna Freehling Professor of History, the Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science, and the College.