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George D. Gopen

Professor of the Practice Emeritus of English
Box 90015, Durham, NC 27708-0015
3415 Stoneybrook Drive, Durham, NC 27705


George Gopen is Professor Emeritus of the Practice of Rhetoric.  He taught at Duke for 30 years, full-time in the English Department, part-time at the Law School (16 years), and as a lecturer to faculty of the College, the Law School, and the Medical School on his new way of approaching and controlling the written English language.  Since 1985, total faculty attendance at his 12-hour workshops has exceeded 20,000.  He is known worldwide for the latter work.  His seminal article, "The Science of Scientific Writing," published in 1990 by American Scientist, leads that journal's citation index and was selected at the journal's 100th anniversary as one of its 36 "Classic Articles."  He has received a lifetime achievement award from the Legal Writing Institute for his contributions to the field of legal writing. His 5 books and 80 articles include a series of 42 articles published quarterly for the American Bar Association journal Litigation, which is sent to all 30,000 trial lawyers who are ABA members.  His latest. long, and ground-breaking article on writing appears in two parts in American Scientist, in its November-December and January-February issues, 2022-23.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor of the Practice Emeritus of English · 2012 - Present English, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Education, Training & Certifications

Harvard University · 1975 Ph.D.
Harvard University · 1972 J.D.
Brandeis University · 1967 B.A.

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