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Genomics Forum · People

Dr. Steve Sturdy

Genomics Forum Deputy Director


0131 651 4741






St John's Land, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AQ


Steve Sturdy joined the staff of the University of Edinburgh in 1994 as a lecturer in the Science Studies Unit, and was appointed Deputy Director of the ESRC Genomics Forum in September 2006. Originally trained in the natural sciences, he began postgraduate studies in philosophy of science, but quickly moved into social studies of science,which he found to offer a more satisfactory account of what scientists actually do.

Steve's research combines perspectives from the history and sociology of medicine and the sociology of scientific knowledge, and focuses on the evolving relationship between medical science, medical practice and medical policy in Britain since the mid-19th century.

Steve has published widely in academic journals and edited collections. He has also edited; Medicine, Health and the Public Sphere in Britain,1600-2000 (Routledge, 2002) and, with Roger Cooter and Mark Harrison,War, Medicine and Modernity (Sutton, 1998) and Medicine and Modern Warfare (Rodopi, 1999).


"The biology of identity", The Philosopher's Magazine, 48 (2009)

"Scientific method for medical practitioners: The case method of teaching pathology in early twentieth-century Edinburgh", Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 81 (2007), 760-792.

"Knowing cases: biomedicine in Edinburgh, 1887-1920", Social Studies of Science, 37 (2007), 659-689.

"Making sense in the pathology museum" in Anatomy Acts: How We Come to Know Ourselves, ed. Andrew Patrizio and Dawn Kemp (Edinburgh: Birlinn, 2006), pp.107-115.

Medicine, Health and the Public Sphere in Britain, 1600-2000, ed. Steve Sturdy (Routledge, 2002)

War, Medicine and Modernity, Roger Cooter, Mark Harrison and Steve Sturdy (Sutton, 1998)

Medicine and Modern Warfare, ed. Roger Cooter, Mark Harrison and Steve Sturdy, (Rodopi, 1999)

"Science, scientific management, and the transformation of medicine in Britain c.1870-1950", History of Science, 36 (1998), 421-466 (with Roger Cooter)

"Hippocrates and state medicine: George Newman outlines the founding policy of the Ministry of Health", in Christopher Lawrence and George Weisz (eds), Greater Than the Parts: Holism in Biomedicine 1920-1950 (Oxford University Press, 1998), pp. 112-134

"From the trenches to the hospitals at home: physiologists, clinicians and oxygen therapy, 1914-1930", in J.V. Pickstone (ed.), Medical Innovations in Historical Perspective (Macmillan, 1992), pp. 104-123.

"The political economy of scientific medicine: science, education and the transformation of medical practice in Sheffield, 1890-1922", Medical History, 36 (1992), 125-159.

"Biology as social theory: John Scott Haldane and physiological regulation", British Journal for the History of Science, 21 (1988), 315-340.