Professor Graeme Gooday

Professor Graeme Gooday

Head of School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science
Professor of History of Science and Technology

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Summary: Social History of Laboratories and Instruments, especially physics; History of Electrical Technology, especially telecommunications; Gender and Technology, Histories of patenting.


Graeme Gooday joined the University in August 1994, following postdoctoral research posts in history of science and technology at the Universities of Kent and Oxford.

Broadly interested in the history of technology post-1870, his current research focuses on the cultural history of electrical technology, especially relating the problematic advent of electric lighting, disputes over patenting, hearing loss, and auditory enhancement.

A dedicated teacher, he has won prizes for educational work from the History of Science Society, the UK's Higher Education Academy and the University of Leeds.

From 1 September 2007 he led a collaborative Arts and Humanities Research Council funded 3-year project 'Owning and Disowning Invention: Intellectual Property, Authority and Identity in British Science and Technology, 1880-1920', and from 2013 was principal investigator on the AHRC project 'Innovating in Combat: Telecommunications and intellectual property in the First World War'. More recently, Graeme is the principal investigator on new AHRC funded project 'Electrifying the country house: Educational resources on the history of domestic electricity', as well as co-investigator on the AHRC project 'Making Waves Oliver Lodge and the Cultures of Science, 1875-1940'.

Graeme was recently joint winner of the Pickstone Prize 2014, which honours the best recent scholarly book in the history of science, medicine and technology.

"The list of shortlisted books for the 2014 Pickstone Prize was exceptionally strong.  But in the end one book stood out: Patently Contestable: Electrical Technologies and Inventor Identities on Trial in Britain, by Stathis Arapostathis and Graeme Gooday (MIT, 2013)."

The Prize Committee’s commendation can be read in full here.