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Dr Richard Staley

  • College positions:

    Bye-Fellow in History

    Director of Studies in History and Philosophy of Science

    Undergraduate Tutor

  • University positions:

    Reader, Department of History and Philosophy of Science

  • Subject:


BA(Hons) in History and Philosophy of Science (University of Melbourne), Ph.D. in History of Science (University of Cambridge)


Research interests

The social, cultural and intellectual history of the physical sciences from the nineteenth century to the present. I am currently developing a project on the relations between physics and anthropology, and the cultural history of mechanics.


Teaching interests

The history of the physical sciences (broadly construed) from the 19th century to the present, including in particular the relations between material, intellectual, social and cultural dimensions of science. In the HPS department I teach in Part II papers on the History and Philosophy of the Physical Sciences, Science, Industry and Empire, and Science and Technology Since 1900. More particular interests include science in the fin de siècle, climate change, and science and war.


Other interests

Poetry, family life, swimming in rivers and lakes