October 13, 2021
When we refer to “the international scientific community,” what do we mean? In this Scholar-to-Scholar talk, NHC Fellow Lorraine Daston discusses how scientists began developing international collaborations and organizations in the latter half of the nineteenth century—the era of globe-spanning empire, telegraph networks, steamship lines, and world expositions. These early efforts to forge an international scientific community were tense with personal and national rivalries. But somehow international scientific governance endured—and created binding agreements that survived wars, revolutions, decolonization, and radical shifts in research agendas over more than a century.