About Sarah Dry

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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, has been awarded a Public Scholar grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in the US. You can reach me at sarahdry (at) gmail (dot) com.

9 Responses to About Sarah Dry

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  3. Stephen Holt says:

    The Economist review has been recycled in distant Oz. . I will be ordering a copy.

  4. sarahdry says:

    Hey, that’s great news. I am glad to have made it onto the radar in your part of the world. I hope you enjoy the book!

  5. Joe cameli says:

    Can’t wait to pick up a copy.

  6. David says:

    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.

  7. 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

    • sarahdry says:

      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.

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