Council of the Society

Council is the elected governing body of the BSHS. It consists of five Officers and nine Ordinary Members, who meet three times a year to discuss and approve Society business. Terms of office are as laid out in the Policies and Procedures (available to members by a request to the [email protected].) Nominations for successors to outgoing members of Council are sought from the whole membership each spring; new members of Council are elected at an Extraordinary General Meeting, held in the summer of each year and open to all BSHS members.

This page lists the members of the Society’s governing Council and other committees. Committee members are in post until July 2015.

Officers of Council

Dr Patricia Fara
Dr Patricia FaraPresident
Patricia Fara has a degree in physics from Oxford University and (as a mature student) a PhD in History of Science from London University. She lectures in the History and Philosophy of Science department at Cambridge University, where she is in her last year as Senior Tutor of Clare College. Her major research specialities are science in eighteenth-century England and scientific imagery, but she also writes and lectures on women in science both now and in the past. A regular contributor to radio, TV and general interest journals, she has published a range of academic and popular books on the history of science. Her Science: A Four Thousand Year History (2009) has been translated into nine languages and was awarded the Dingle Prize by the British Society for the History of Science. Her most recent book is Erasmus Darwin: Sex, Science and Serendipity (2012); others include Newton: The Making of Genius (2002), An Entertainment for Angels: Electricity in the Enlightenment (2002), Sex, Botany and Empire (2003) and Pandora’s Breeches: Women, Science and Power in the Enlightenment (2004); in addition, her Scientists Anonymous: Great Stories of Women in Science (2005) is designed for teenagers. She is currently researching into science and suffrage during World War I.
Professor Greg Radick
Professor Greg RadickVice-President
Gregory Radick is Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Leeds. Born and raised in New Jersey, he holds a BA degree in History from Rutgers University (1992), an MPhil in History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) from Cambridge University (1996), and a PhD in HPS from Cambridge (2000). In his final year at Cambridge he was the Charles and Katharine Darwin Research Fellow at Darwin College. Since arriving at Leeds in 2000, he has been a part of the HPS group there, serving for two years (2006-8) as Chair. His activities within the BSHS in this period include service as an ordinary member of Council and, from 2009-12, as Chair of the Communications Coordination Committee. He was also Reviews Editor for the BJHS between 2005 and 2010, Vice President of the Society from 2013-14, and President from 2014-16. In his teaching and research, he has been concerned mainly with the post-1800 life sciences and human sciences, especially as these intersect with Darwinism, genetics and animal behaviour. His book The Simian Tongue: The Long Debate about Animal Language (2007) was awarded the Suzanne J. Levinson Prize for best book in the history of the life sciences and natural history by the History of Science Society in 2010.
Dr Miles Parker
Dr Miles ParkerTreasurer
Miles Parker is Senior Research Associate, Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge. Prior to this he was the Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and its Director of Science. He is a marine scientist, whose career has included marine pollution control in Ireland and the U.K., food safety, the agricultural environment and international science policy. He was awarded the OBE in the New Year’s Honours List 2013 for services to science policy. His current research concerns the impact of the 1971 Rothschild Report on management of Government R&D.
Dr David Beck
Dr David BeckSecretary
David Beck is based at the University of Warwick, where he completed his PhD in History in 2013. He is currently Director of Student Experience for a suite of new joint degrees in Global Sustainable Development, having previously lectured in History and worked as an Academic Technologist. David has published on physico-theology and natural history in late seventeenth-century England, and in 2015 edited a volume entitled Knowing Nature in Early Modern Europe. His current research focuses on two areas of English intellectual culture around the turn of the eighteenth century: local natural history, and the relationship between erotica/pornography and the early Enlightenment. Since organising the BSHS postgraduate conference at the University of Warwick in January 2012, David has been on the BSHS Programmes Committee, and he has been a member of Council since 2013.
Dr Charlotte Sleigh
Dr Charlotte SleighEditor of BJHS
Charlotte Sleigh is Reader in History of Science at the University of Kent. Charlotte’s research interests encompass the life sciences over the past 150 years, with an on-going emphasis on animals – her books on this topic are Ant, (Reaktion, 2003); Six Legs Better: A Cultural History of Myrmecology (Johns Hopkins, 2007); Frog, (Reaktion, 2012); and Cosmopolitan Animals (co-editor, Palgrave, 2015). Besides this, she has also written widely on the historical and textual relationships between science and writing (Literature and Science, Palgrave 2010) and twentieth-century history (Scientific Governance in Britain, 1914-79, MUP 2016, co-edited with Don Leggett). She is editor of theBritish Journal for the History of Science. More recently, Charlotte has begun to develop her long-standing interest in science communication, co-founding the successful MSc Science, Communication and Society programme at Kent (2008) and curating the science/art project Chain Reaction which showed in 2013. Her current projects include a co-edited collection on twentieth-century science in Britain, an AHRC-funded sci-art project (Metamorphoses) and a monograph on literature and science in the interwar period with the working title Engineering Fiction. She is Director of the Kent Centre for the History of the Sciences and has supervised a number of PhD students on a wide variety of topics.

Ordinary Members of Council

Dr Chiara Ambrosio
Dr Chiara AmbrosioUCL
Chiara Ambrosio is a Lecturer in History and Philosophy of Science at the Department of Science and Technology Studies (UCL). Her research focuses on representation across art and science, with a specific focus on nineteenth and twentieth century visual culture. Her published works combine philosophical accounts of representation with historical investigations into particular modes of image-making, such as diagrams and photographs, and the debates around their epistemological status at the turn of the century. The conceptual framework underpinning her research draws substantially on the pragmatist philosophy of Charles S. Peirce, and she is currently working on Peirce’s history and historiography of science.
Erin Beeston
Erin BeestonUniversity of Manchester
Erin Beeston is a PhD student at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Manchester, in collaboration with the Museum of Science and Industry. Her research explores the history of the museum site, a railway station from 1830 to 1975, and considers how the site was reimagined as a space for heritage. Prior to this, she worked at Bolton Museum as a Collections Access Officer, where she was responsible for social and industrial history collections and exhibitions. Erin has also worked at Salford Museum & Art Gallery as a researcher and at the Museum of Science and Industry in public programmes. Erin completed a Masters degree in Art Gallery and Museum Studies in 2008 and studied History at undergraduate level, both at the University of Manchester.
Dr Elizabeth Bruton
Dr Elizabeth BrutonMuseum of the History of Science, University of Oxford
Elizabeth Bruton is Heritage Officer at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre. She has previously worked at the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford and the University of Leeds where she also completed her PhD in 2013. She was the holder of the 2014-2015 Byrne-Bussey Marconi Fellowship at the Bodleian Library, Oxford.
Dr Matthew Eddy
Dr Matthew EddyDurham University
Matthew Daniel Eddy is Durham University’s senior lecturer in the history of science. His research focuses on 18th- to 20th-century forms of scientific representation and argumentation, including historical conceptions of mind, memory, matter, time, language, visuality, informatics, human origins and religion. His honours include research fellowships awarded by MIT, Harvard, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, the AHRC and UCLA, as well as a Mellon Foundation visiting professorship awarded by California Institute of Technology.
Dr. Martha Flemming
Dr. Martha FlemmingUniversity of Reading
Martha Fleming is Programme Director at the Centre for Collections Based Resaerch, University of Reading. She has worked with London’s Science Museum and Natural History Museum, as well as at the Royal Society, the UK’s science academy. At Copenhagen’s Medical Museion, she was Creative Director of the 2010 Dibner Award winning exhibition Split + Splice: Fragments from the Age of Biomedicine. From 2009 to 2011, she was part of a team developing the Centre for Arts and Humanities Research at the Natural History Museum and Kingston University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and she is currently working with the British Museum as a consultant developing a large-scale project about the Enlightenment collections of Sir Hans Sloane. She has held research fellowships at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin), the Institute of Astronomy (Cambridge) and the Materials Library (University College London). She has also co-created, with Lyne Lapointe, large-scale site-specific collaborative exhibitions as an artist in Montreal, New York, London, Madrid and Sao Paulo. She is frequently invited to speak on research and practice that conjoins history of science, technology and medicine and museum and collection contexts. Further information is avalable on her website: www.marthafleming.net
Professor Sean Johnston
Professor Sean JohnstonUniversity of Glasgow
Sean Johnston is Professor of Science, Technology and Society at the University of Glasgow. His research focuses on the emergence of technical communities and the intellectual and social bases for new physical sciences. His current interests are in twentieth century amateur science and the consolidation of expertise in interdisciplinary environments. Recent publications include The Neutron’s Children: Nuclear Engineers and the Shaping of Identity (Oxford University Press, 2012), The History of Science: A Beginner’s Guide (OneWorld, 2009) and Holographic Visions: A History of New Science (Oxford University Press, 2006).
Dr. Anna Marie Roos
Dr. Anna Marie RoosUniversity of Lincoln
Anna Marie Roos is a Reader in the History of Science and Medicine at the University of Lincoln. Anna Marie came to Lincoln from Oxford, where she was the Lister Research Fellow. She is an early modernist, specialising in the history of natural history, the history of chemistry, and the history of the Royal Society. Anna Marie has published three monographs in the history of science including Web of Nature: Martin Lister (1639-1712), the first arachnologist (Brill, 2011), as well as scientific papers concerning the use of historical sources in the solving of taxonomic controversies. She is a Fellow of the Linnean Society, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and in 2017 will be a Visiting Fellow at All Souls, Oxford. She is on the library committee at the Royal Society, and on Council for the Society of the History of Natural History. Currently, Anna Marie is working on a biography of Royal Society president Martin Folkes, as well as a book for Reaktion Press entitled: Goldfish. She also continues to edit the correspondence of Martin Lister for publication (Brill, 2014-2020).
Professor Sally Shuttleworth
Professor Sally ShuttleworthUniversity of Oxford
Sally Shuttleworth is Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford, where she was previously Head of the Humanities Division. She has published widely in the field of Victorian science and literature, including Charlotte Brontë and Victorian Psychology (CUP, 1996), and The Mind of the Child: Child Development in Literature, Science, and Medicine, 1840-1900 (OUP, 2010). She was co-director of the Science in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical project, and is currently PI on two research projects: an AHRC ‘Science in Culture large grant, ‘Constructing Scientific Communities: Citizen Science in the 19th and 21st Centuries’ (Co-I Gowan Dawson, and with partner institutions the Natural History Museum, the Royal College of Surgeons, and the Royal Society), and an ERC Advanced Investigator Grant for ‘Diseases of Modern Life: Nineteenth-Century Perspectives’.
Professor Ida Stamhuis
Professor Ida StamhuisVrije Universiteit / Aarhus University
Ida Stamhuis is member of the Executive Council of ESHS and editor of Centaurus, its official journal. She was Council Member of DHST/IUHPS. She is Ass.Prof. at VU University Amsterdam and was honorary professor of Aarhus University. She publishes on the history of statistics and quantification, on early genetics (the role of women and the contribution of Hugo de Vries) and on women in science in general. In 1996 she won the American HSS History of Women in Science Prize through her article “A Female Contribution to Early Genetics: Tine Tammes and Mendel’s Laws for Continuous Characters”, published in the Journal of the History of Biology in 1995. In 2014 she was involved in the erection of the university wide Stevin Centre for the History of Science and Humanities at de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, of which she became the Head.

Advisory Members of Council

  • DHST Liaison: Dr Jeff Hughes, University of Manchester (web)
  • Conferences Committee Chair: Dr Ben Marsden, University of Aberdeen (web)
  • Web Manager: Jia-Ou Song, University of Manchester
  • Chair of OEC, Archivist: Dr James F Stark, University of Leeds

Outreach and Education Committee (OEC)

The Outreach and Education Committee replaced the former BSHS Education Section in 2005. It is responsible for planning and developing outreach work in a variety of formal and informal educational contexts, and has the following members:

  • Chair: Dr James F Stark, University of Leeds
  • Rachel Boon, Imperial War Museum and University of Manchester
  • Dr. Elizabeth Haines, Science Museum Research Associate
  • Dr. Anne Hanley, Oxford University
  • Dr. Jeff Hughes, University of Manchester
  • Dr. Tom Lean, British Library
  • Dr. Sophie Waring, Museum of the History of Science, Oxford

Conferences Committee

The Conferences Committee organises the Society’s conferences, colloquia, seminars and other events, and liaises with other societies and institutions on joint and co-located programme activities. It has the following members:

  • Chair: Dr Adam Mosley, University of Swansea
  • Secretary: Dr Samuel Robinson, University of York
  • Programme Co-Ordinator: Frank James, Royal Institution/UCL
  • Postgradaute Member: Sebestian Kroupa, Cambridge
  • Dr Ben Marsden, University of Aberdeen
  • Dr Patricia Fara, Clare College, Cambridge
  • Dr. Sabine Clarke, University of York

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee meets annually to scrutinise the Society’s annual accounts and the management of its investments, and provides general advice to the Treasurer. It is chaired by the Treasurer, and also includes the following members:

  • Chair: Dr Richard Noakes, University of Exeter
  • Dr Simon Chaplin, Wellcome Library
  • Professor Hasok Chang, University of Cambridge
  • Peter Reed (Former Treasurer of the Society)
  • Professor Greg Radick, University of Leeds

Grants Committee

  • Chair (VP of BSHS): Professor Hasok Chang, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Greg Radick, University of Leeds
  • Dr Richard Noakes, University of Exeter
  • Dr Charlotte Bigg, Centre Alexandre Koyré
  • Alison Boyle, Science Museum
  • Dr Felicity Henderson, University of Exeter

Executive Secretary

  • Society administration in general is dealt with on a paid basis by the Executive Secretary, who plays a crucial role in the running of the Council, and attends its meetings.
  • The Exec Sec also supports the work of the Committees as appropriate.
  • Contact: [email protected]

Complete list of BSHS presidents.

Details of previous BSHS committees are archived here: 2014-152013-142012-13 | 2011-12 | 2010-11 | 2009-10 | 2008-9 | 2007-8 | 2006-7 | 2005-6 | 2004-5 | 2003-4 | 2002-3