Dr Jeff Hughes



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Contact details:

Telephone: +44 (0)161 275 5857
+44 (0)161 275 5699
Email: jeff.hughes@manchester.ac.uk

Research interests

My research focuses on the history of science in twentieth century Britain. I'm broadly interested in how and why science developed as it did -- institutionally and intellectually -- over the last hundred years. I currently have two specific research areas which help me understand particular aspects of this topic: 1. The history of radioactivity and nuclear physics, including the work of Ernest Rutherford at Manchester and Cambridge. This work explores the history of nuclear science (c.1910-1940) through the practices of the scientists involved and their national and international networks, and I'm currently completing a book on this subject. 2. The history of the Royal Society (Britain's elite scientific academy) in the postwar and Cold War periods. This work looks at postwar science in its political context, and I'm currently developing it through my own research and with PhD students.


Highlight publications

  • J Hughes. (2012). What is British nuclear culture? Understanding Uranium 235. British Journal for the History of Science, 45(4), 495. eScholarID:137002 | DOI:10.1017/S0007087412001021
  • Jeff Hughes. (2012). Doing Diaries: David Martin, the Royal Society and Scientific London, 1947-1950. Notes and Records of the Royal Society, 66(3), 273-294. eScholarID:208776 | DOI:10.1098/rsnr.2012.0037
  • (2010). 'Divine Right' or Democracy? The Royal Society 'Revolt' of 1935. Notes and Records of the Royal Society, 64(Suppl.1), S101-117. eScholarID:119702 | DOI:10.1098/rsnr.2010.0048
  • (2009). Making isotopes matter: Francis Aston and the mass-spectrograph. Dynamis, 29, 131-165. eScholarID:77839 | DOI:10.4321/S0211-95362009000100007 

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