Episode 14: Lovers in Lab Coats: When Scientists Collaborate as Husband and Wife | Spring 2008 - Lunch Hour Lectures
Episode 14 - Lunch Hour Lectures - Spring 2008
Lovers in Lab Coats: When Scientists Collaborate as Husband and Wife
The newlyweds George Gaylord Simpson (palaeontologist) and Anne Roe (psychologist) travelled through Venezuela on an expedition in 1938–39. The result was intellectual work unlike anything each did elsewhere in their long careers. Romantic and intimate partnerships offer fascinating case studies of collaboration in science. They produce unusual intellectual synergies. They alter life–work patterns. They simultaneously constrain and liberate. These collaborations tend to be overlooked by historians and biographers of science, leaving us with vastly inferior knowledge of science as a living, working enterprise.
Prof Joe Cain
Science and Technology Studies
University College London
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