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Robert McGinn

Stanford University. Stanford, USA

Professor of Management Science and Engineering and Director of the Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Program at Stanford University. He received a B.S. in Unifi ed Science and Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology, an M.S. in mathematics at Stanford, and a Ph.D. in philosophy and the history of ideas at Stanford. Apart from a year at Bell Laboratories in 1978–79, McGinn has been at Stanford since 1971. His academic specialties are technology and society; ethics, science, and technology; engineering ethics; and ethics and public policy. McGinn’s publications include Science, Technology, and Society (1991) and articles in scholarly journals such as Professional Ethics; Technology and Culture; Science, Technology, and Human Values; Science and Engineering Ethics; and Nanoethics. From 2004–07, he conducted a large-scale study of the views about nanotechnologyrelated ethical issues held by researchers in the US National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network. Recipient of several awards for teaching excellence at Stanford, McGinn has received research grants from the Mellon Foundation, the Marshall Fund, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He received the Dinkelspiel Award for distinguished contributions to undergraduate education at Stanford.

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