The British Society for the History of Science Ltd

A company limited by guarantee and registered in England No 562208, Registered Charity No 258854

Registered Address: Aston Shaw, 58 Thorpe Road, Norwich, NR1 1RY

Address for communications: PO Box 3408, Norwich, NR3 3WE


Notice is hereby given that an Extraordinary* General Meeting of the Society will be held on

Saturday 4 July, 1.30pm, Faraday Lecture Theatre, University of Swansea, Swansea  (*ie, one that dispenses with laying before a general meeting the accounts and reports of the company – these having been approved by Council and distributed some time previously)

The Meeting

The meeting is called under Section 17 of the Articles of Association primarily for the purposes of electing a new Council of Management and providing an opportunity for any member to raise matters of Society business.  New members may also be elected.  A formal agenda will be available at the meeting and copies may be had earlier on request to the Society’s Executive Secretary.

Council Nominations for 2015-16 (Trustees and directors of the company)



President Professor Greg Radick, Vice President Professor Patricia Fara,  Secretary Dr David Beck, Treasurer Richard Noakes, Journal Editor Dr Charlotte Sleigh
Ordinary Members

Dr Chiara Ambrosio, Dr David Beck, Erin Beeston, Dr Elizabeth Bruton, Dr Matthew Daniel Eddy, Professor Sean Johnston, Professor Sally Shuttleworth, Professor Ida Stamhuis, Alice White


Biographical statements in respect of those Officers and Ordinary Members nominated by Council accompany this notice.

Nominations by Members

Members of the Society may also nominate Officers and Ordinary Members of Council for 2014-15. These nominations require the signatures of five members of the Society and the agreement of the nominee to stand, and must be accompanied by a biographical statement of the proposed candidate (50-100 words). Such nominations must reach the Society’s Secretary at the address given above by 1st July.

New Members

A list of new members will be displayed outside the meeting room at least 30 minutes before the meeting is due to start. Any member wishing to object to a new member may do so when this item is dealt with during the meeting.

S CHAPLIN                                                                                            L J Santos
Secretary, Trustee & Director                                              Company & Executive Secretary


1st May 2015



Biographical Statements by Members Nominated as

 Officers and Ordinary Members of Council for 2015-16


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.

David Beck is based at the University of Warwick, where he completed his PhD in History in 2013. He is currently Academic Technologist for the Faculty of Arts, assisting colleagues in the Faculty with the use of technology in their research projects. He also lectures for the Department of History, and is leading a project on Teaching Digital Humanities at Warwick for the Institute of Advanced Teaching and Learning. David has published on physico-theology and natural history in late seventeenth-century England, 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.


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.


Elizabeth Bruton is the Co-Curator / Researcher for “Dear Harry…: Henry Moseley, a scientist lost to war” at the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford. Prior to this, she completed a Ph.D. in early wireless history at the University of Leeds and was postdoctoral researcher for ‘Innovating in Combat: Telecommunications and intellectual property in the First World War’ at the University of Leeds and Museum of the History of Science, Oxford.  She is the holder of the 2014-2015 Byrne-Bussey Marconi Fellowship at the Bodleian Library, Oxford.


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.


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 the 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. She is currently researching into science and suffrage during World War I. 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.

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).

Richard Noakes is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Exeter. He has been at Exeter since 2007 after postdoctoral research positions at the universities of Leeds, Sheffield and

Cambridge. He has published widely on various aspects of nineteenth and early twentieth century

scientific cultures, including experimental physics, psychical research, spiritualism, science

popularisation, ‘science and religion’, electrical engineering and industrial research.  He is the co-editor

of From Newton to Hawking (Cambridge, 2003) and Culture and Sciences in the Nineteenth Century

Media (Aldershot, 2004) and the co-author of Science in the Nineteenth Century Periodical (Cambridge,

2004). He is currently finishing a monograph on Victorian physical and psychical sciences and involved

in a new research project on nineteenth and twentieth century telegraph businesses in Britain.


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. 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.


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’.


Charlotte Sleigh trained at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge.

After this she held a Visiting Assistant Professorship at UCLA before taking up her current post at the School of History, University of Kent, where she was promoted to Reader in 2010. 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).  She has also written widely on the historical and textual relationships between science and writing.  Her book Literature and Science was published by Palgrave in 2010.


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.


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 VU University, of which she became the Head.


Alice White is a PhD student at the Centre for the History of the Sciences (CHOTS) at the University of Kent. Her PhD project examines the work of social scientists affiliated with the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, c.1939-1960. Before the PhD, she completed a Research Masters on the ways that social science was communicated to different audiences in the mid-20th Century, also at Kent. She has an undergraduate degree in History and English & American Literature.