Deborah R Coen
Professor of History, Yale University

Deborah R Coen is professor of history and chair of the history of science and medicine programme at Yale University. Her books include Vienna in the Age of Uncertainty: Science, Liberalism, and Private Life (2007) and Climate in Motion: Science, Empire, and the Problem of Scale (2018).

Written by Deborah R Coen

A young family listening to a radio broadcast in Spandau, Germany in 1927. The writer and theorist Walter Benjamin hoped that the radio would be as much a medium for the production of knowledge among listeners as for its dissemination. Photo by AKG

History of science
Scientists for the people

Why the finest minds in 1930s Europe believed that scientists must engage with citizens or risk losing their moral compass

Deborah R Coen