Call for Papers:

Sir Hans Sloane, The Greatest Physician-Naturalist of His Era

An International Conference

Commemorating the 350th Anniversary of His Birth

To be held at the

British Library

7-8 June 2010

The year 2010 marks the 350th anniversary of the birth of the physician Sir

Hans Sloane (1660-1753). Well-known as one of the greatest collectors of his

age, he was also President of the Royal Society and the Royal College of

Physicians, the major patron of the Chelsea Physic Garden, a physician to

Queen Anne, George I and George II, and had many other connections

throughout British society, leaving his name to the prestigious Sloane Square

in London. His enormous network of acquaintances and correspondents

throughout the world established him as probably the single most influential

British ‘scientist’ between Isaac Newton and Joseph Banks. After his death,

Parliament purchased his collections, which laid the foundation for what are

now three institutions: the British Library, British Museum, and Natural History


A project has been generously funded by the Wellcome Trust to electronically

re-create the bulk of Sloane’s voluminous but now dispersed library, led by

Alison Walker with the assistance of Shauna Barrett and the direction of Prof

Hal Cook. It is now online and being continuously updated at The project’s two host institutions, The British

Library and The Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL, are

sponsoring a two-day conference on Sloane and his collections.

We invite proposals on any aspect of the history and significance of Sloane

and his activities; papers on the development of the Sloane collections after

his lifetime will also be considered. Preference will be given to studies that

make use of the new online catalogue. Those attending the conference will be

responsible for organising their own travel and accommodation. We expect

each presentation to take 20 minutes, which will be followed by 10 minutes for

discussion, with an opportunity for more general discussion at the end of the

conference. Depending on the quality of the papers, a publication may follow.

Please send your proposal by no later than 15 December 2009, which should

be no more than one page in length, to Lauren Cracknell at The Wellcome

Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL, 183 Euston Rd., London NW1

2BE, UK, or emailed to [email protected]. Inquiries may be directed to Hal

Cook, via Lauren Cracknell, or to Alison Walker [email protected]