Dr Jonathan Topham

Dr Jonathan Topham

Senior Lecturer

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Summary: Jon Topham is a Senior Lecturer in History of Science and Programme Director for PRHS Joint Honours. His research relates mainly to the cultural history of science in late Georgian Britain.

Location: Baines Wing G33

Teaching Commitments: HPSC1050 Darwin, Germs, and the Bomb; HPSC2307 Science, Culture, and Society in the Industrial Age; HPSC3200 Science Communication: History and Theory; HPSC5201M Current Approaches in the History of Science, Technology & Medicine; HPSC5601M History & Theo


Jon joined the Department in 1999, initially as an AHRB research fellow on the Science in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical (SciPer) Project.  Previously he held several research fellowships in the University of Cambridge and worked as an editor on the Darwin Correspondence Project.

One particular focus of Jon's research is on the history of scientific communication, drawing on the historiography of the book. Among his co-publications are Science in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical: Reading the Magazine of Nature (Cambridge University Press, 2004) and Culture and Science in the Nineteenth-Century Media (Ashgate, 2004).  He is currently researching a monograph on Publishing Science in the Age of Revolutions, 1789-1832.

Jon also maintains a major research focus on science and religion in Regency and Victorian society, particularly in regard to natural theology and theologies of nature. He is currently completing a monograph entitled the Reading the Book of Nature: Science, Religion and the Culture of Print in the Age of Reform.