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Peter Bowler



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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.

Peter's research interests include the development and implications of darwinism, history of the environmental sciences, science and religion, especially twentieth century and 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.

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Research Output

Geographical Distribution in the Origin of Species

Bowler, P., Jan 2009, The Cambridge Companion to the Origin of Species. Ruse, M. & Richards, R. J. (eds.). Cambridge University Press, p. 153-172 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

What Darwin Disturbed: The Biology that Might have been.

Bowler, P., Sep 2009, In : Isis. 99, p. 552-559 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • James Thomson and the Culture of a Victorian Engineer

    Bowler, P., Apr 2008, Kelvin: Life, Labours and Legacy. Flood, R., McCartney, M. & Weir, A. (eds.). Oxford University Press, p. 56-63 8 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    2 Citations (Scopus)


    Social & Technical Forces Constituting the Silent Valley Reservoir Project: Mourne Mountains to Belfast (1893-1932)

    Author: Reinsborough, M., Sep 2007

    Supervisor: Bowler, P. (Supervisor) & Lisle, D. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy