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Spring 2017

  BSHS President Dr Patrica Fara writes:  As a former BSHS President remarked enviously to me a couple of weeks ago, this is a marvellous time to be running the BSHS: there are so many exciting innovations! To start with, there’s our sparkling website, which our enterprising Communications Officer Jessica van Horssen has transformed both in [...]

By | March 15th, 2017|Presidential Message|Comments Off on Spring 2017

Winter 2016

BSHS President Dr Patrica Fara writes: Dear Colleagues This newsletter is being mailed out to coincide with a new and exciting venture that we were asked to keep secret until now… On November 17, New Scientist is celebrating its 60th birthday with a special feature on key inventions introduced since its foundation in 1956. These [...]

By | January 9th, 2017|Presidential Message|Comments Off on Winter 2016

Autumn 2016

BSHS President Dr Patrica Fara writes: Dear Colleagues For the last fortnight, I have had the great honour to be the President of the BSHS. When Greg Radick invited me to consider this position, I was delighted, flattered – and also deeply apprehensive about my ability even to approach the extraordinarily high standard he has [...]

By | January 9th, 2017|Presidential Message|Comments Off on Autumn 2016

Summer 2016

BSHS President Professor Greg Radick writes: Hello!  And: Goodbye!  Yes, by this time next week, our Society will have voted in a new President. My two-year term has almost run its course. I was fortunate to begin at a moment when, thanks to the outsized success of the 2013 International HSTM Congress in Manchester and [...]

By | January 9th, 2017|Presidential Message|Comments Off on Summer 2016

Spring 2016

BSHS President Professor Greg Radick writes: “The travels and adventures of serendipity”: this lovely phrase entered the language ten years ago thanks to the sociologist of science Robert Merton, who used it as the title for an erudite book on the word “serendipity.”  But what makes the phrase so resonant is the way it evokes the [...]

By | May 4th, 2016|Presidential Message|Comments Off on Spring 2016

Winter 2015

BSHS President Professor Greg Radick writes: There’s a chill in the air; the December BJHS arrives in the inbox; virtual snow falls gently on the BSHS website… Winter’s come to Britain, and with it the latest edition of this quarterly newsletter from the BSHS, which we hope finds you well (and warm). You named it, and [...]

By | December 24th, 2015|News, Presidential Message|Comments Off on Winter 2015

Autumn 2015

BSHS President Professor Greg Radick writes: I hope this newsletter finds you all well and thriving. "You," it's worth noting, are a highly international bunch: well over half of our current membership resides outside of Britain. Accordingly, the fostering of international exchange, collaboration and a global scholarly outlook is high up on the Society's agenda. Over [...]

By | October 21st, 2015|News, Presidential Message|Comments Off on Autumn 2015

Summer 2015

BSHS President Professor Greg Radick writes: What should the BSHS call its new prize for outstanding work in digital history of science? The decision is up to you, our membership.  Below you'll find information on how to vote for one of three names in the running.  Voting opens now, and will close at noon on Friday [...]

By | October 21st, 2015|News, Presidential Message|Comments Off on Summer 2015

A guest message from the BJHS Editor

Dr Charlotte Sleigh writes: With the 350th anniversary of the Philosophical Transactions upon us, many of us have been reflecting on the role of publishing in the history of science.  As Adrian Johns pointed out in a 2000 BJHS article, the establishment of the scholarly journal is one of rather few momentous historical events to [...]

By | April 7th, 2015|BSHS Announcements, News, Presidential Message|Comments Off on A guest message from the BJHS Editor

January 2015

BSHS President Professor Greg Radick writes: John Pickstone was a great connection-maker: ideas with ideas; ideas with people; people with people.  "Getting Pickstoned" was how the speakers at his retirement workshop in Manchester in May 2012 referred to that moment when, in his quiet but insistent and escalatingly persuasive (as well as, often, scabrously amusing) way, [...]

By | January 20th, 2015|News, Presidential Message|Comments Off on January 2015