Fellow's Tea with Prof. Janet Browne


15th October 2012, 3.00pm
Master's Common Lounge, Level 3
Only 30 seats available!
Refreshments will be served.

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Prof. Janet Browne’s interests range widely over the history of the life sciences and natural history. At Harvard she teaches an introductory history of Darwinism, from Darwin’s day to now. She is greatly interested in the history of animal and plant collecting, old museums, voyages of exploration, garden history, and the science and religion controversies. Up until six years ago she lived and worked in England, mostly Cambridge and London. During that time she specialised in reassessing Charles Darwin’s work, first as an 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 received generously both in the UK and USA, and awarded several prizes, including the James Tait Black award for non-fiction in 2004 and the Pfizer Prize from the History of Science Society.

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