Anne Secord

Visiting Scholar (Jun 2018-Jul 2018)

PhD, Research Associate and Editor, Darwin Correspondence Project

Anne Secord obtained her PhD in history of science in 2002 as an external student at the University of London. She is an editor of The Correspondence of Charles Darwin (24 vols, Cambridge University Press) and an Affiliated Research Scholar in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge.

Anne’s research focuses on popular, particularly working-class, natural history in nineteenth-century Britain, and on natural history, horticulture, medicine, and consumption in the eighteenth century. She has published articles on natural history practices, and produced a new edition of Gilbert White’s Natural History of Selborne (Oxford World’s Classics, 2016).  She is working on a book about artisan naturalists to be published by the University of Chicago Press, that explores social class, observation, and skill in nineteenth-century natural history. She will use her time at the MPIWG to complete this project.


No current projects were found for this scholar.

Artisan Naturalists


Taking “Nature’s Path” in Eighteenth-Century Britain


Selected Publications

Secord, Anne (2019). “Specimens of Observation: Edward Hobson’s Musci Britannici.” In The Whipple Museum of the History of Science: Objects and Investigations to Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of R. S. Whipple’s Gift to the University of Cambridge,…

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Secord, Anne (2019). “Gossamer Threads.” In Surprise: 107 Variations on the Unexpected, ed. M. Fend, A. Te Heesen, C. von Oertzen, and F. Vidal, 351–355. Berlin: Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.

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Secord, Anne (2018). “Containers and Collections.” In Worlds of Natural History, ed. H. A. Curry, N. Jardine, J. A. Secord, and E. Spary, 289–303. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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Secord, Anne (2013). “Elizabeth Gaskell’s social vision: the natural histories of Mary Barton.” In Uncommon contexts : encounters between science and literature 1800–1939, ed. B. Marsden, H. Hutchinson, and R. O’Connor, 125–143. London: Pickering…

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