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.