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Jonathan Harwood

Visiting Scholar (Mar 2018-Dec 2018)

PhD, Emeritus Professor of the History of Science & Technology, University of Manchester; Visiting Professor, Centre for History of Science, Technology & Medicine, Kings College, London

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.

Projects

Another Green Revolution? Extracting "Lessons" from History

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Europe’s Green Revolution: The Rise and Fall of Peasant-Friendly Plant Breeding in Central Europe, 1890–1945

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Selected Publications

Harwood, J. (2015). Global visions versus local complexity: experts wrestle with the problem of development. In F. Bray, P. Coclanis, E. Fields-Black, & D. Schäfer (Eds.), Rice: global networks and new histories (pp. 41-55). New York: Cambridge…

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Harwood, J. (1975). The Race Concept. Praeger.

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Harwood, J. (1993). Styles of Scientific Thought: the German Genetics Community, 1900-1933. University of Chicago Press.

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Harwood, J. (2008). Review of: Straumann, Lukas: Nützliche Schädlinge: angewandte Entomologie, chemische Industrie, und Landwirtschaftspolitik in der Schweiz, 1874-1952. Zürich: Chronos Verlag 2005. Technology and Culture, 49(1), 257-259.

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Events

Conference

The Making of Useful Knowledge

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