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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.

Projects

Artisan Naturalists

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

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Selected Publications

Secord, A., & White, G. (Eds.). (2013). The natural history of Selborne. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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

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Secord, A. (2011). Pressed into service: specimens, space, and seeing in botanical practice. In D. N. Livingstone, & C. W. J. Withers (Eds.), Geographies of nineteenth-century science (pp. 283-310). Chicago: Chicago University Press.

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Secord, A. (2002). Botany on a plate: pleasure and the power of pictures in promoting early nineteenth-century scientific knowledge. Isis, 93, 28-57.

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