Charles Weiner




Room E51-093

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Professor of History of Science and Technology, Emeritus (STS)

Charles Weiner received his BS, and PhD from Case Institute of Technology (Metallurgy, 1960; History of Science and Technology, 1965). He was Director of the Center for History of Physics at the American Institute of Physics from 1965 to 1974, when he joined the MIT faculty. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Professor Weiner was the director of the MIT Oral History Program from 1975 to 1986. In 2002 he was the MIT Arthur Miller Lecturer on Science and Ethics.

His research and writing focus on the political, social and ethical dimensions of contemporary science and the responses of scientists to public controversies arising from their work. His publications have dealt with the history of controversies over academic patenting of biomedical research, the environmental, safety and ethical aspects of genetic engineering and biotechnology, and the social context of the development and applications of nuclear physics. He is the editor of four volumes in the history of science including Robert Oppenheimer: Letters and Recollections (with Alice Kimball Smith), Exploring the History of Nuclear Physics, History of Twentieth Century Physics, and The Legacy of George Ellery Hale.

Professor Weiner is currently completing a book on the history of social responsibility in science from the atomic bomb to contemporary genetic engineering. It uses archival and oral history materials to document scientists' complicity in and resistance to nuclear and biological weapons, their connections with citizens' groups affected by environmental toxins and by fallout from nuclear testing, and anticipatory concerns about ethical limits to human genetic manipulation.

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