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Professor Peter Bowler FBA

History of Science
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About this Fellow

Peter J. Bowler is Professor emeritus of the History of Science at Queen's University, Belfast. He is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was President of the British Society for the History of Science from 2003 to 2005. He has an M.A. in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University (King's College), an M.Sc. in Philosophy and the Theory of Sciences from the University of Sussex and a Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Toronto. Before moving to Queen's University, Belfast in 1979 he taught at the Universities of Toronto and Winnipeg and at Universiti Sains Malaysia. He has published extensively on the development and impact of the theory of evolution, focusing especially on the role played by theories other than Darwinian natural selection. More recently he has worked on the relationship between science and religion and on twentieth-century British popular science. His latest work is on twentieth-century speculations about the future development of science and technology, combining a long-standing interest in science fiction with his knowledge of the popular science literature.



Current post

  • Professor Emeritus of the History of Science, Queen's University Belfast

Past Appointments

  • Assistant in Humanities, University ains Malaysia, Penang, Other Foreign Institutions, 1972 - 1975
  • Assistant Professor in History, University of Winnipeg, Other Foreign Institutions, 1975 - 1979
  • Professor of the History of Science, Queen's University, Belfast, Queen's University Belfast, 1992
  • Professor of the History of Science, Queen's University, Belfast, Queen's University Belfast, 1992

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Charles Darwin’s ‘On the origin of species’

Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species changed our perception of humanity and its relationship to the natural world in ways that are simultaneously inspiring and disturbing. Professor Peter Bowler FBA explores its challenges to the traditional view of the world as a divine creation.


The Neo-Darwinian Revolution 1988

The Eclipse of Darwinism 1983

Evolution: the History of an Idea 1984, 2003 (2nd edition)

Science for All: The Popularization of Science in Early Twentieth-Century Britain 2009

Darwin Deleted: Imagining a World without Darwin 2013

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