Department Chair and Aramont Professor of the History of Science
Janet Browne’s interests range widely over the history of the life sciences and natural history. After a first degree in zoology she studied for a PhD in the history of science at Imperial College London, published as The Secular Ark: Studies in the History of Biogeography (1983). Ever since then she has specialized in Charles Darwin’s work, first as associate editor of the early volumes of The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, and more recently as author of a biographical study that integrated Darwin’s science with his life and times. The biography was awarded several prizes, including the James Tait Black award for non-fiction, the W. H. Heinemann Prize from the Royal Literary Society, and the Pfizer Prize from the History of Science Society. In 2006 she moved to the USA to join the History of Science Department at Harvard University. She was previously based at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College London.