Curriculum Vitae

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Employment

2014-17

Director, Leeds Humanities Research Institute, University of Leeds

2010‒

Professor of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Leeds

2006-10

Senior Lecturer in History and Philosophy of Science, University of Leeds

2006-8

Chair, Division of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Leeds

2000-6

Lecturer in History and Philosophy of Science, University of Leeds

1999-00

Charles and Katharine Darwin Research Fellow, Darwin College, University of Cambridge

 

Education

PhD, 2000

History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge

MPhil, 1996

History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge

BA, 1992

History, Rutgers College, Rutgers University

 

Honours (Selected)

2017‒19

Major Research Fellowship, Leverhulme Trust

2016

Thomas S. Hall Lecture in History and Philosophy of Science, Washington University in St. Louis

2015

Innes Lecture in the History of Science, John Innes Centre, Norwich

2015

Darwin Memorial Lecture, Shrewsbury

2012‒13

Midcareer Fellowship, British Academy

2010

Suzanne J. Levinson Prize, History of Science Society, for best book in the history of the life sciences and natural history (for The Simian Tongue: The Long Debate about Animal Language)

2010

Visiting Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin

2004

Research Fellowship, Leverhulme Trust

1999

Singer Prize, British Society for the History of Science, for best essay by an early-career researcher (for “Morgan’s Canon, Garner’s Phonograph, and the Evolutionary Origins of Language and Reason”)

 

Service (Selected)

2019‒

Board, Ilkley Literature Festival (representing the University of Leeds)

2018‒

Lisa Jardine Research Grants Committee, Royal Society of London

2017-

President-Elect, International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology

2014‒16

President, British Society for the History of Science (previously Vice President, 2013‒4, and again in 2016‒7)

2014‒16

Suzanne J. Levinson Prize Sub-Committee, History of Science Society (chair in 2016)

2012‒17

Editor in Chief, Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences

2009‒13

Council, International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology

2005‒10

Book Reviews Editor, British Journal for the History of Science

2005‒9

Council, British Society for the History of Science

 

PhD Students

2016-

Alex Aylward. “Lives and Afterlives of R.A. Fisher’s The Genetical Theory of Natural Selection.”  (University scholarship, with a pre-doctoral fellowship at the APS Library)

2016-

Helen Piel. “John Maynard Smith and the Fact(s) of Evolution. A Study of Scientific Working Life in Post-War Britain.” (AHRC CDP funding; jointly supervised with Jonathan Pledge, British Library)

2016-

Nicola Williams. “Building Cell Biology: Irene Manton and Leeds Botany in the Age of the Electron Microscope,” building on an earlier MRes dissertation with me. (School scholarship; jointly supervised with Graeme Gooday)

2015-

Gonzalo Talavera Cabrejo. “Max Isserlin (1879-1941) and the debate over aphasia and cerebral localization in the German lands.” (Jointly supervised with Mike Finn)

2015-

Clare Coleman. “Plant Hybridising Before Mendelism: Scientific Communities and their Practices in British Botany, 1837-99,” building on an earlier MRes dissertation with me. (AHRC CDP funding; jointly supervised with Jonathan Topham)

2015-

Emily Herring. “Philosophical biology: The reception of Henri Bergson’s Creative Evolution in British Biology.” (University scholarship, with pre-doctoral fellowships from the APS Library and Linda Hall Library; jointly supervised with Laurent Loisin, CNRS, Paris)

2012-

Ageliki Lefkaditou. “Naturalising the nation: Physical anthropology in Greece, 1880s-1950s.” (Partial School funding; currently Senior Curator, Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology, Oslo)

2007-

Mark Steadman. “A History of the Scientific Collections of the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society’s Museum in the Nineteenth Century: Acquiring, Interpreting & Presenting the Natural World in the English Industrial City” (AHRC CDP funding; jointly supervised with Jonathan Topham and Clare Brown, Leeds Museums & Galleries)

2017

Matt Holmes. “From Biological Revolution to Biotech Age: Plant Biotechnology in British Agriculture since 1950.” (AHRC CDA funding; jointly supervised with Tina Barsby, National Institute of Agricultural Botany; currently postdoctoral fellow at CRASSH, University of Cambridge)

2016

Hongjin Liu. “Data and the development of research methods in the science of human emotional expression from Darwin to Klineberg.” (China Scholarship Council funding; currently a postdoctoral fellow at Tsinghua University, China)

2016

Rob Meckin. “Making Research Translatable: Articulating and Shaping Synthetic Biology in the UK.” (White Rose funding; jointly supervised with Suzanne Molyneux-Hodgson [lead supervisor]; currently a Presidential Fellow at the University of Manchester)

2015

Jordan Bartol. “Kind historicism & biological ontology.” (University scholarship; jointly supervised with Juha Saatsi)

2014

Dominic Berry. “Genetics, statistics, and regulation at the National Institute of Agricultural Botany, 1919-1969.” (AHRC CDA funding; jointly supervised with Tina Barsby, National Institute of Agricultural Botany; currently a postdoctoral fellow at the LSE)

2014

Juan Manuel Rodriguez Caso. “Anthropology in Transition: A Study of the Sciences of Man at the British Association for the Advancement of Science, 1866–1870” (CONACYT scholarship; jointly supervised with Jonathan Topham; a postdoctoral fellow at UNAM from 1 Aug. 2019)

2013

Emanuele Archetti. “Epistemic horizons in scientific inquiry and debate.”  (University funding)

2012

Mike Finn. “The West Riding Lunatic Asylum and the making of the modern brain sciences in the nineteenth century” (AHRC scholarship; jointly supervised with Adrian Wilson; currently Lecturer in History of Science, University of Leeds)

2012

Maurizio Esposito. “Between Holism and reductionism: Organismic inheritance and the neo-Kantian biological tradition in Britain and the USA, 1890-1940.”  (School scholarship; currently Assistant Professor at the Federal University of ABC, São Paulo)

2012

Jamie Stark. “Industrial illness in cultural context: La maladie de Bradford in local, national and global settings, 1878-1919.”  (AHRC CDA funding; jointly supervised with Adrian Wilson and Monty Losowsky, Thackray Museum; currently Associate Professor of Medical Humanities, University of Leeds)

2012

Berris Charnley. “Agricultural Science, Plant Breeding and the Emergence of a Mendelian System in Britain, 1880-1930.” (AHRC project funding; jointly supervised with Graeme Gooday; after postdoctoral fellowships at Exeter, Griffiths and Oxford, currently a Visiting Fellow at Leeds)

2011

Efram Sera-Shriar. “Beyond the Armchair: Early Observational Practices and the Making of British Anthropology, 1813–1871” (School funding; jointly supervised with Jonathan Topham; currently Research Grants Manager & Museum Research Fellow, Science Museum Group).

2009

Chris Renwick. “The British Debate about the Identity of Sociology 1876-1908.”  (AHRC scholarship; jointly supervised with Graeme Gooday; currently Senior Lecturer in Modern History, University of York)

2008

Shane Glackin. “The Role of the Fact/Value Distinction in Modern Moral Life.” (AHRC scholarship; jointly supervised with Mark Nelson and then Chris Megone; currently Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Exeter)