Brian Martin (professor)

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Brian Martin
Born (1947-00-00) 0 December 1947 (age 67)
Tulsa, Oklahoma,
USA
Education Rice University, (BSc); University of Sydney (PhD)
Occupation Social scientist at University of Wollongong (social study of science, peace studies); formerly mathematician at Australian National University
Years active 1973–present

Brian Martin (born 1947) teaches in the interdisciplinary area of Science, technology, and society at the University of Wollongong in Australia, where he became a professor in 2007.[1] He was president of Whistleblowers Australia from 1996 to 1999 and remains their International Director.

Background[edit]

Martin grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He took an undergraduate degree at Rice University from 1965–1969. He left the US primarily to avoid the military draft during the Vietnam War, settling in Sydney where he received his PhD (in theoretical physics)[2] from the University of Sydney in 1976.[1][3] He also became more concerned about injustice, and joined activist organizations; he has established, and been a part of, several activist organizations. He subsequently worked at the Australian National University as an applied mathematician before his position was terminated and became a lecturer at the University of Wollongong in 1986. By then he had started to work on social issues surrounding scientific investigation.[2]

Scholarly contributions[edit]

The central theme in Martin's research is the dynamics of power, with special attention to strategies for challenging repression and exploitation. He has explored power dynamics through an interplay of theory and case studies, including nonviolent action, technological vulnerability, values in science, environmental politics, institutional roots of war, dissent and scientific controversies. His theory of 'blowback' explains the unforeseen adverse consequences of government actions, particularly covert operations.

Martin is the author of 13 books[4] and over 200 major papers and chapters.[1] His choice of research topic and perspective is individualistic, and ranges widely. Unlike his books, many of his articles are published in unusual locations including activist magazines and online journals. In wider public life, he has spoken at a British Science Association Festival of Science,[5] broadcast on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation[6] and testified at the Australian Senate's Inquiry into Academic Freedom.[7][8]

Martin's earlier scientific work was in stratospheric modelling and numerical methods; astrophysics; and wind power and electricity grids.[1]

Books[edit]

Journal articles in the physical sciences[edit]

His most cited papers are:

Other Journal articles (selection)[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Martin's curriculum vitae, University of Wollongong (downloaded 27. November 2011)
  2. ^ a b Martin, Brian (1991). "About the Author". Strip The Experts. Freedom Press. ISBN 0-900384-63-8. 
  3. ^ http://www.bmartin.cc/pubs/90uw/uw14.html
  4. ^ Brian Martin: books and booklets (downloaded 27. November 2011)
  5. ^ Murcott, Toby (11 September 2000). "Science needs its whistleblowers". BBC. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Perspective: Whistleblowers and Iraq". ABC. 10 May 2004. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "Inquiry into Academic Freedom Public Hearing - Sydney, Thursday 9 October 2008". Parliament of Australia Senate. 9 October 2008. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  8. ^ Devine, Miranda (4 December 2008). "Monoculture is killing thought". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  9. ^ The Bias of Science. Google. 1979. ISBN 9780909509132. Retrieved 28 January 2010. 

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