Robert N. Proctor

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Robert N. Proctor at the 2009 meeting of the History of Science Society

Robert Neel Proctor (born 1954) is an American historian of science. He is Professor of the History of Science at Stanford University.[1] In 1999, he was the first historian to testify against the tobacco industry. He was a professor of the history of science at Pennsylvania State University.

Proctor made the word "agnotology". Agnotology means writing untrue or misleading information about scientific data.[2][3]

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  1. "Stanford History Department : Robert N. Proctor". Stanford University. Archived from the original on 2007-03-19. http://web.archive.org/web/20070319025655/http://www.stanford.edu/dept/history/Faculty/proctor.html. Retrieved 2007-08-12.
  2. Arenson, Karen W (2006-08-22). "What Organizations Don't Want to Know Can Hurt". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/22/business/22mistakes.html?ex=1313899200&en=e687ef6c5786717f&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss. "'there is a lot more protectiveness than there used to be,' said Dr.Proctor, who is shaping a new field, the study of ignorance, which he calls agnotology. 'It is often safer not to know.'"
  3. Kreye, Andrian (2007). "We Will Overcome Agnotology (The Cultural Production Of Ignorance)". The Edge World Question Center 2007. Edge Foundation. p. 6. http://www.edge.org/q2007/q07_6.html. Retrieved 2007-08-12. "This is about a society's choice between listening to science and falling prey to what Stanford science historian Robert N. Proctor calls agnotology (the cultural production of ignorance)"