Joseph Harmon

Joseph Harmon

Senior Technical Communicator, Argonne National Laboratory
Joseph Harmon

Joseph E. Harmon is a science writer, editor, and manager at Argonne National Laboratory. In 1993, he invited Alan Gross, professor of communication studies at the University of Minnesota and author of The Rhetoric of Science, to give a talk at Argonne The lunch that followed that talk was the beginning of a long collaboration whose mission is to better understand the nature and history of scientific communication, beginning with that watershed event, the invention of the scientific journal in Paris and London in the late seventeenth century. Harmon and Gross estimated a book on the subject should take three or four years. Nine years later, Communicating Science: The Scientific Article from the 17th Century to the Present appeared in print. In 2016, their fifth book together, The Internet Revolution in the Sciences and Humanities, will be issued in print and electronic forms, supplemented by a companion website.