PHOTO: Frank Wojciechowski 

PHOTO: Frank Wojciechowski 




Michael Gordin is Rosengarten Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at Princeton University, where he specializes in the history of modern science. In 2013-4 he served as the inaugural director of the Fung Global Fellows Program. He came to Princeton in 2003 after earning his A.B. (1996) and his Ph.D. (2001) from Harvard University, and serving a term at the Harvard Society of Fellows. In 2011 he was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and was named a Guggenheim Fellow. He has published on the history of science, Russian history, and the history of nuclear weapons. 

Current Research

Professor Gordin is currently completing a book project concerning the history of "scientific languages": that subset of international languages which dominate international communication in the natural sciences. The book, due out in Spring 2015 from University of Chicago Press and Profile Books, traces the history of these languages from the dominance of Latin in the Renaissance, to the nineteenth-century amalgam of French, German, and English, to the present-day omnipresence of English. The project emphasizes the particular role of language in the history of chemistry, and includes accounts of the rise of Russian as a scientific language and experiments with artificial languages (Esperanto and Ido) for the communication of science.


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Contact information

post: History Department, 136 Dickinson Hall, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544-1017

phone: 609-258-8095 / fax609-258-5326 

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