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Professor Peter Bowler

Peter Bowler

BA (Cambridge), MSc (Sussex), PhD (Toronto), FBA, MRIA, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Professor Emeritus
Research Fellow

Tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 3882

Peter Bowler is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a corresponding member of the Académie Internationale d'Histoire des Sciences. He was President of the British Society for the History of Science 2004-6.

Research Interests

The development and implications of Darwinism.  History of the environmental sciences. Science and religion, especially twentieth century.  Popular science writing.

Current research is on the production of popular science literature in early twentieth-century Britain, with particular emphasis on the role played by professional scientists.

Select Publications

'Experts and publishers: writing popular science in early twentieth-century Britain' in British Journal for the History of Science, xxxix (2006).

(With I.R. Morus) Making modern science: a historical survey (Chicago, 2005).

'The spectre of Darwinism: popular images of Darwinism in early twentieth-century Britain' in A. Lustig, R.J. Richards and M. Rose (eds), Darwinian heresies (Cambridge, 2004).

Evolution: the history of an idea (3rd ed., California, 2003).

Reconciling science and religion: the debate in early twentieth-century Britain (Chicago, 2001).

Life’s splendid drama: evolutionary biology and the reconstruction of life’s ancestry, 1860–1940 (Chicago, 1996).

Charles Darwin: the man and his influence (Cambridge, 1996).


Revolutions in Science, HOS1001 [download word doc]

Science and Society in early 19th Century, HOS2071-3071 [download word doc]