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Graham Burnett

  • History
Position: Faculty Associate
Title: Associate Professor of History.
Office: 205 Dickinson Hall
Phone: 609-258-7309
Graham Burnett

Faculty Associates


D. Graham Burnett (Ph.D., Cambridge University ) is Associate Professor of History of Science. His interests include the history of natural history and the sciences of the earth and the sea from the 17th through the 20th centuries. His first book, Masters of All They Surveyed: Exploration, Geography, and a British El Dorado (2000), examines the relationship between cartography and colonialism in the 19th century. He is also the author of Descartes and the Hyperbolic Quest (2005), a monograph on Cartesian thought and 17th-century lens making, and A Trial By Jury (2001), a narrative account of his experience as the jury foreman on a Manhattan murder trial. Burnett was awarded the 1999 Nebenzahl Prize in the History of Cartography, and is editorially involved with Volume IV of The History of Cartography.  The recipient of a 2009 Mellon New Directions Fellowship, he is currently working on connections between the sciences and the visual arts.