Iain P. Watts
Program: History of Science
Fields of Study: History of Science from 1700; Modern Britain and the Empire
Advisor: Michael Gordin
For a full profile and current CV, please head over to my website at www.iainwatts.com.
I specialize in the history of science and technology in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and in the history of modern Europe and the British Empire. My main research interests are in the social and cultural history of science during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic period, and in the history of communication, print, and the news. Currently my work is oriented towards understanding how different forms of communication – from newspapers, journals, magazines, and books, to correspondence, public lectures, and conversations – shaped the scientific world and its relationship to wider public culture in the decades around 1800.
Publications and Book Reviews
“‘We Want No Authors’: William Nicholson and the Contested Role of the Scientific Journal in Britain, 1797-1813.” British Journal for the History of Science, published online February, 2014. (doi: 10.1017/S0007087413000964). Winner of the Singer Prize, the British Society for the History of Science’s biennial award for an essay by an early career scholar.
“Philosophical Intelligence: Letters, Print and Experiment during Napoleon’s Continental Blockade.” Winner of the 2014 Nathan Reingold Prize from the History of Science Society. Accepted for publication in Isis.
Essay Review of Aileen Fyfe, Steam-Powered Knowledge: William Chambers and the Business of Publishing, 1820-1860, Reviews in History, 2013.
“Went to Sir JB’s”: Charles Blagden’s diary and scientific life in Georgian London. Guest post at the Royal Society of London’s History of Science blog.