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Theodore Brown

I am a Professor of Chemistry Emeritus, and the Founding Director Emeritus of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. I also served in that institution as Vice-Chancellor for Research, and Dean of the Graduate School, and as interim Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs. I am a senior coauthor of the text, "Chemistry: The Central Science", now out in its 11th edition, and have authored the books "Making Truth: Metaphor in Science",University of Illinois Press 2003 and "Imperfect Oracle: The Authority and Moral Authority of Science in Society", to be published. I have served on many boards and panels; e.g., the Government-University-Industry Rountable, the Board of Governors of Argonne National Laboratory, the Association of Graduate Schools. I presently serve on the Board of Directors of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation.

What is moral authority?

Put the phrase “moral authority” into a Google search, and you will get back something over 670,000 hits.  Clearly the expression gets used a lot.  But what do people mean […]