History of Science, Technology and Medicine
The Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM) is the largest research group of its kind in the UK. It incorporates the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, and created the National Archive for the History of Computing.
Research addresses mainly the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, but ranges widely across ‘scientific’, ‘technical’ and ‘medical’ fields. Local strengths include contemporary history, science communication studies and the history of institutions, and CHSTM has sponsored pioneering work in outreach and public engagement.
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Research group leader: Professor Mick Worboys
- History of expertise; legal medicine; forensics; science and the nineteenth-century public
- History of modern physics and chemistry; sociology of scientific institutions; professional and public images of science and technology; Cold War culture
- History of climate science; environment and the human body; modelling, prediction and statistics
- Science communication studies; science and film; scientific consultants, the media and the public
- History of science-industry interaction, especially in breweries; standards, quantities and credibility; computers and the public
- History of cancer and other non-communicable diseases; drug treatment; ‘diseases of civilisation’
- History of 20th Century Science and Technology; Scientific Migrations; Scientific Intelligence; Geophysics and Allied Disciplines
- History of epidemics; bacteriology; veterinary medicine; laboratories; colonial science
Palaeobotanist and birth-control pioneer Marie Stopes at the beginning of her career, in 1904.
Physicists Hans Geiger (left) and Ernest Rutherford at Manchester in the 20th century.
A research seminar at CHSTM.
Students at work in an early pathology teaching laboratory.
Geoff Tootill's notebook showing the specifications of the first-ever stored program computer (1948).
A selection of recent CHSTM staff publications.
CHSTM has a Wellcome Trust-funded Research Associate and Outreach Officer, Vicky Long, whose work promotes the history of medicine via school visits, public lectures and a wide variety of other events.
In 2006, CHSTM received a record £752,000 Wellcome Trust history of medicine Strategic Award for a five-year collaborative project on ‘Medicine and Modernity’.
Manchester has been selected as the 2013 venue for the International Congress of History of Science and Technology, the field’s largest conference.
John Pickstone’s internationally influential monograph Ways of Knowing is now available in a Chinese translation.