James A. Secord

Visiting Scholar (May 2018-Jul 2018)

PhD, Professor of History and Philosophy of Science, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Jim Secord is Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge, Director of the Darwin Correspondence Project, and a professorial fellow at Christ’s College, Cambridge. He obtained his PhD from Princeton University in 1981, and his undergraduate degree (in Geology and in English Literature) from Pomona College in 1975. He has published many books and articles on the history of the sciences during the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, including Visions of Science: Books and Readers at the Dawn of the Victorian Age (Oxford: 2014; Chicago: 2014) and Victorian Sensation: The Extraordinary Publication, Reception and Secret Authorship of Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation (Chicago: 2000). He is writing a short book on current issues facing history of science


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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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