Michael Gordin is Rosengarten Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at Princeton University, where he specializes in the history of the modern science and currently serves 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.
Professor Gordin is currently working on a book project concerning the history of "scientific languages": that subset of international languages which dominate international communication in the natural sciences. The book 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.