The subject of Luria's Penrose Memorial Lecture was the relationships between science, technology, and responsibility.
He specifically questioned why so many had begun to distrust science and technology. He believed this distrust to have been
fueled by events of the world wars, and the advent of "nuclear terror," which shattered the "illusion of a smooth
future of progress." He further noted that genetic manipulation that might be possible with further advances raised fears
among many ranging from the ability to select the sex of one's child, the possibility of genetic weapons, or the ability
to "create races of enslaved morons or of ruling supermen." Luria argued that by rejecting technological and scientific
development outright, critics miss the real target: "the ills of society," noting that the real problems of men were
social and political.
Number of Image Pages:
25 (1,407,096 Bytes)
20 April 1972
[Luria, Salvador E.]
Original Repository: American Philosophical Society. Library. Salvador Luria Papers
Reproduced with permission of Daniel D. Luria.
Reproduced with permission of the American Philosophical Society.
Later Career: Teacher and Administrator, 1972-1991