Anthony Standen

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Anthony Standen (died 1993, age 86) was a respected chemist and entomologist who also wrote the popular book Science is a Sacred Cow (1950).[1] He was born in 1906 to an American mother and a British father.[2] He was educated at Oxford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of New Hampshire.

He believed that scientists and their theories should be subjected to the same scrutiny and criticism that other professionals face.


  1. "Anthony Standen Is Dead at 86; Chemist Who Deflated Pomposity", Wolfgang Saxon, June 25, 1993, New York Times
  2. "Personal Survival:Do we live after death?" (pages 384-399), Biographical info and essay by Standen in The Spirit of Man: Great Stories and Experiences of Spiritual Crisis, Inspiration, and the Joy of Life, Whit Burnett (Ed.), Ayer Publishing, 1969, ISBN 0836900367

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  • Pictures of Standen appeared alongside the March 27, 1950 Life magazine article (pages 103-114) "Science can be Silly: one of the select tosses a harpoon at the cult of the men in white coats." This article was also written by Standen wherein he excerpted passages from his book Science is a Sacred Cow: image 1 image 2