Sarah Dry

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I write about the history of science.

I have written about Victorian fishermen and risk, epidemics and global health policy, the life and loves of Marie Curie, and, most recently, the history of Isaac Newton’s manuscripts. That last project has just been published by Oxford University Press in both the US and UK as The Newton Papers: The Strange and True Odyssey of Isaac Newton’s Manuscripts.

My current book project is titled Waterworld. It tells the stories of the scientists who have uncovered the mysteries of our oceans, atmosphere, icesheets and glaciers, and in doing so, helped us see the earth as an interconnected globe. It was awarded an inaugural Public Scholar grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in the US in 2015.

I studied History and Literature of America at Harvard College as an undergraduate and have an MSC from the London Centre for History of Science, Technology and Medicine (Imperial College London, UCL and the Wellcome Centre for the History of Medicine). I have a PhD from the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge, where I was a Gates Scholar, and have held research positions at the London School of Economics and the Institute for Development Studies.

I have worked as an arts and environmental journalist, communicators director for a start-up biotechnology firm, an editor for a small press, and a freelance editor for academic manuscripts.

In June 2016, I was appointed as a Trustee of the Science Museum.