Jean-François Fava-Verde

PhD student

Summary: My thesis is about the electric telegraph.


Current Research:

PhD Thesis Title: A Tale of Two Telegraphs – Electric Highways and Private Wires in Victorian Britain

The aim of the thesis is to investigate private telegraphy - an important aspect of the electric telegraph that has been overlooked by historians - and reappraise the history of the inland Victorian telegraph on the strength of the evidence collected during this investigation.


Professor Graeme Gooday

Research Interests:

History of Technology

Academic History:

  • MA (Res) Modern History (Distinction), University of Reading, 2011
  • BA History, University of Reading, 2009


I am a part-time student. Beside academia, I work in the information and telecommunication industry. I am currently Head of Innovation in the Strategy department of Orange Business Services, a global company which provides ICT services to enterprises. It may seem a paradox for someone engaged in prospective work to be a historian, but apart from a personal interest in historical studies, I find my academic work not only intellectually stimulating but also a great help to understand the social processes at work during technological development – past, present and future. My website: