Jonathan Harwood

Visiting Scholar
Visiting Scholars are established scholars, as evidenced by significant publications and broad academic experience, spending a fixed term as guests at the MPIWG for research purposes. They may be externally funded or receive a Research Fellowship from the MPIWG.
Department III
PhD, Emeritus Professor of the History of Science & Technology, University of Manchester; Visiting Professor, Centre for History of Science, Technology & Medicine, Kings College, London
Residence:
March 15, 2017 to November 17, 2017
Profile

Jonathan Harwood is a historian of science and technology with a particular interest in agriculture. Following a PhD in molecular biology at Harvard (1970), he studied sociology at Bristol (UK) and spent most of his career at the University of Manchester with sabbaticals in Berlin and Cambridge, Massachusetts. After publishing extensively on the history of genetics and plant breeding in Germany, he began about fifteen years ago to work on the Green Revolution in the global South with a particular focus upon the role of experts in that process.

Selected publications: 

Harwood, J. (2012). Europe's green revolution and others since: the rise and fall of peasant-friendly plant breeding. London [u.a.]: Routledge.

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Harwood, J. (2011). Universalsorten. In Eine Naturgeschichte für das 21. Jahrhundert: hommage à, zu Ehren von, in honor of Hans-Jörg Rheinberger (pp. 70-71). Berlin: Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte.

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Harwood, J. (2010). The fate of peasant-friendly plant-breeding in Nazi Germany. Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, 40(4), 570-604.

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Harwood, J. (2009). Peasant friendly plant breeding and the early years of the Green Revolution in Mexico. Agricultural History, 83(3), 384-410.

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Harwood, J. (2009). Research and extension in political context: rural unrest and the origins of the Prussian chambers of agriculture. In N. Vivier (Ed.), The state and rural societies: policy and education in Europe, 1750-2000 (pp. 135-157). Turnhout: Brepols.

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