Dr. Naomi Oreskes, Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University, presenting at the Mahindra Center on October 18, 2017:
Naomi Oreskes is an American historian of science. She became Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University in 2013. She has worked on studies of geophysics, environmental issues such as global warming, and the history of science.
In 2010, Oreskes co-authored Merchants of Doubt which identified some remarkable parallels between the climate change debate and earlier controversies over tobacco smoking, acid rain, and the hole in the ozone layer. The authors argue that spreading doubt and confusion was the basic strategy of those opposing action in each case. In particular, a few contrarian scientists joined forces with conservative think tanks and private corporations to challenge scientific consensus.