About

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 the history of Isaac Newton’s manuscripts. That last project has just been published in paperback: The Newton Papers: The Strange and True Odyssey of Isaac Newton’s Manuscripts.

My forthcoming book is Waters of the World: The Story of the Scientists Who Unravelled the Mysteries of our Seas, Glaciers and Atmosphere–and Made the Planet Whole, to be published in Fall 2019 by Scribe UK and University of Chicago Press . 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.

I am a Trustee of the Science Museum Group.