About Sarah Dry

I write about the history of science.

I studied History and Literature of America at Harvard College as an undergraduate and have an MSC from the London Centre for History of Science, Technology and Medicine (Imperial College London, UCL and the Wellcome Centre for the History of Medicine). I have a PhD from the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge, where I was a Gates Scholar, and have held research positions at the London School of Economics and the Institute for Development Studies.

I have written about Victorian fishermen and risk, epidemics and global health policy, the life and loves of Marie Curie, and, most recently, the history of Isaac Newton’s manuscripts. That last project has just been published by Oxford University Press in both the US and UK as The Newton Papers: The Strange and True Odyssey of Isaac Newton’s Manuscripts.

My current book project, on the history of water and climate, was awarded an inaugural Public Scholar grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in the US in 2015.

In June 2016, I was appointed as a Trustee of the Science Museum.


12 thoughts on “About Sarah Dry

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  3. David

    Just finished reading “The Newton Papers”, a very enjoyable read and fascinating insight into what has happened to Isaac Newtons great papers. Along side Richard Westfalls books on Newton and Bernard Cohens edition of the principia this gives the reader a great appreciation for the sheer scope of newtons work and make it clear why the principia and newtons papers are some of the influential of all time.

    1. sarahdry Post author

      So glad to hear that you enjoyed the book. It means a great deal to me to know that it is finding appreciative readers. Thanks for letting me know!

  4. Italo Da Silva

    Dear Sarah Dry,

    My classmate and I are currently researching Marie Curie for the National History Day Competition. We are hoping that you may be able to help us by providing any information on Curie and her research. Any info. on how she helped mold modern science and medicine would be great. We hope that you may have time for an interview(i.e skype, email) and if unable to help it would be much appreciated if you can redirect us to an expert or someone who can. Background information is also welcome, but we are looking for specific details about her life.

    Thank you, Italo Da Silva and Stuart McElhany

    1. sarahdry Post author

      Dear Italo and Stuart,
      Nice to hear from you and to learn that you are studying Marie Curie. If you post another comment with your email, I can write to you with some suggestions.

  5. Anthony Brunton

    As a plumbing and heating engineer with an innate curiosity to be given The Newton Papers as a Christmas present by my wife, almost guaranteed that the holiday would pass unnoticed is an understatement. The book is a masterpiece of thought provocation about what drives learned men

  6. sarahdry Post author

    It’s wonderful to hear from you and to know you enjoyed the book. Thanks so much for letting me know (and sorry for the delay in replying!).

  7. Warren Maxwell

    Dear Sarah,

    I look forward to reading your book — just met you in the elevator. One of my closest friends is a scientist at Yale, has her own lab. If you ever decide to write a book about nematodes– let me know! I’ll hook you up!



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