Published on Aug 9, 2012
Naomi Oreskes is Professor of History and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego, Adjunct Professor of Geosciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and an internationally renowned historian of science and author. She is a 2012 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Professor-at-Large collaborating with UWA researchers in the area of anthropogenic climate change.
She started her career as a geologist working for Western Mining Corporation in South Australia and completed her PhD in geological research and history of science at Stanford University in 1990. Professor Oreskes has a long-standing interest in understanding the establishment of scientific consensus and the role and character of scientific dissent. She is the author of the hugely popular Merchants of Doubt, How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco to Global Warming (2010), co-authored with Erik M. Conway.