Edward Tenner was born in Chicago, graduated with highest honors from Princeton, received the Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and was a junior fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows.
Turning from a conventional career in European history, he became a science editor and then executive editor for physical science and history at Princeton University Press, where his author list included Richard Feynman and John Wheeler. In 1991 he left publishing to take up a Guggenheim Fellowship as a visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study and has been an independent writer and speaker since then.
Author of the internationally acclaimed and translated books Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences and Our Own Devices: How Technology Remakes Humanity, he is a frequent contributor to newspapers and magazines including The New York Times and the Atlantic.
In 2008 Edward Tenner was recognized by the Center for Public Humanities at Messiah College as one of America’s leading public intellectuals. He holds visiting positions in Department of History at Rutgers and the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies at Princeton, and is a senior research associate of the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center.