Lecture given by Janet Browne, Aramont Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University. Janet Browne is Aramont professor of the History of Science at Harvard University where she teaches the history of biology, including the history of evolutionary theory. Her interests range widely over the life sciences, including natural history collecting, expeditions, museums, botany and the history of botanic gardens, and the field sciences in general. She is most widely known for her scholarly work on Charles Darwin that includes an award-winning two-volume biography that integrated Darwin’s science with his life and times. She has been at Harvard since 2006. Previously she taught at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College London and was an associate editor of the early volumes of The Correspondence of Charles Darwin in Cambridge UK.
By the time of his death Charles Darwin was one of the most celebrated –and one of the most notorious—scientists in the world. And yet history tells us that Darwin was neither the first nor the only one to think of evolution. How did Darwin come to such prominence and what were the political, social, and scientific commitments involved in generating the concept of a ‘Darwinian revolution’?
This event will take place in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium in the FedEx Global Education Center. Public reception to follow lecture.