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

Essay/
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