Dr Michael A. Finn

Dr Michael A. Finn

Director of the Museum of the History of Science, Technology & Medicine

+44 (0)113 343 3460

Summary: Histories of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neurology; Museums and Material Culture of Science and Medicine.

Location: Michael Sadler Building G.01

Teaching Commitments: History of Psychology (HPSC1030) History of Modern Medicine (HPSC1080) History of Psychiatry & Mental Illness (HPSC2400) Science, Objects & the Museum (HPSC3401) Science in the Museum: Interpretations & Practices (HPSC5750M)


I joined the School as Lecturer in History of Science at the start of the 2013/14 academic year, and from June 2014 took over as Director of the Museum of the History of Science, Technology & Medicine. Prior to this, I studied natural sciences as an undergraduate, before completing my MA and PhD in the Centre for HPS at Leeds. I finished my thesis in 2012, on the subject of the West Riding Lunatic Asylum and the development of the neurosciences in the late nineteenth century, and have since worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the LHRI and Assistant Curator at University of Aberdeen Museums, where I remain Honorary Curator of Scientific Instruments.

My research focuses on the sciences of mind and brain from the eighteenth century to the present, with particular emphasis on the relationship between psychiatry and neurology, and the role of asylums and other institutions in the development of scientific medicine. I'd be delighted to hear from anyone wanting to talk about research in those areas, or anything to do with the museum.

Office hours: Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 13:30-14:30

Research Interests  

  • History of medical science, especially psychiatry, psychology and neurology
  • History of asylums and mental illness
  • Museums and the material culture of science, technology and medicine


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