"Linus Pauling, Crusading Scientist." 1977. Produced for NOVA by Robert Richter/WGBH-Boston.
The Responsibility of Scientists. (0:53)
Linus Pauling: I think that scientists have a special responsibility. I think, of course, that
scientists should be citizens -- do their job as citizens in the way that other citizens
do. But there are so many questions that come up now that are of importance to the
world -- social, political, economic questions, even the matter of voting on issues
such as controlling nuclear power plants -- in which science plays a very important
part that it is, I believe, important that scientists express their opinions. That
first that scientists tell their fellow citizens what the facts are, as they understand
them, but also express their own opinions, after having thought about the questions.