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.