Obituary: Dorothy Nelkin (30 July 1933–28 May 2003)

  title={Obituary: Dorothy Nelkin (30 July 1933–28 May 2003)},
  author={Suzanne Anker},
  journal={New Genetics and Society},
  pages={131 - 135}
  • S. Anker
  • Published 1 August 2004
  • History
  • New Genetics and Society
From her early, sensitive study of African-American migrant farm workers in New York State in 1970, to her posthumous book in 2004 with the artist and scholar Suzanne Anker on the emergence of molecular art, Dorothy Nelkin was a consistently shrewd observer of the workings of power. She had a broad impact in science studies, the history of science, bioethics and in the public assessment of science and technology. She was one of the founding members of the Society for the Social Studies of… 


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