C. P. Snow

Charles Percy Snow, Baron Snow, in most publications CP Snow (born 15 October 1905 Leicester, † July 1, 1980 in London) was an English scientist and writer. He became famous for his theory of two cultures.


Snow studied physics in Leicester and Cambridge. From 1928 to 1940 he conducted research at Christ's College, Cambridge. From 1947 to 1964 he was director of the English Electric Co. and from 1964 to 1966 Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Technology.

He was the owner of more than 20 honorary doctorates.


Snow's first novel was the thriller Death under Sail from the year 1932. Subsequently, he published numerous other works of fiction, he has become known among other things as the author of the series Strangers and Brothers, which deals with the academic scientific community in state institutions. In his 1959 published novel The affair he used details of the scientific fraud of Emil Rupp for a fictional story about a science fraudsters at the University of Cambridge.

Snow was famous for his 1959 set out in the Speech -Lecture thesis of the two cultures. In this thesis the huge gap between the cultures of the humanities and literature on the one hand and the nature of science and technology on the other hand described.

He noted that the quality of education is in decline worldwide. The breakdown in communication between the two cultures is one of the main obstacles to solve the world's problems.



  • Death Under Sail. 1932 Murder under sail. German publishing house, Stuttgart 1971, ISBN 3-421-01557-0; Rowohlt, Reinbek 1974, ISBN 3-499-11691- X; Ullsteinhaus, Frankfurt / Berlin 1986, ISBN 3-548-20652-2
  • Strangers and brothers. Novel. German publishing house, Stuttgart 1964
  • The bright and the dark forces. Novel. Zsolnay, Berlin / Vienna / Leipzig 1948
  • Years of Hope. Novel. Zsolnay, Vienna 1951
  • Time of hope. Novel. German publishing house, Stuttgart 1960
  • Teachers. Novel. Desch, Munich 1952
  • Decision in Barford. Novel. German publishing house, Stuttgart 1970
  • Way home. Novel. German publishing house, Stuttgart 1962
  • The conscience of the rich. Novel. German publishing house, Stuttgart 1961
  • The affair. Novel. German publishing house, Stuttgart 1963
  • Corridors of power. Novel. German publishing house, Stuttgart 1967
  • Salons in the twilight. Novel. Verlag Volk und Welt, Berlin 1983


  • Science and Government. 1961 Policy behind closed doors. Science and governance. German publishing house, Stuttgart 1961
  • The two cultures. Literary and scientific intelligence. Klett, Stuttgart 1967