Network Biographies

If you are interested in becoming a member of the HSTM Network Ireland, and would like your biography to be included below, please send your name, a short bio, and an introduction to your work in this area with any relevant links to:  HSTMNetworkIreland@gmail.com

Chair: Juliana Adelman
My research interests are in the history of science, medicine and society in the nineteenth century. I have studied popular science and science education in Ireland while my current research focuses on changing human-animal relationships in Dublin. Past publications include Communities of science in nineteenth-century Ireland (Pickering and Chatto, 2009) and, co-edited with Eadaoin Agnew, Science and technology in nineteenth-century Ireland (Four Courts Press, 2011) and articles on environmental history, the history of the Dublin zoo and agricultural education. I teach European history at Dublin City University.

Secretary: Adrian Kirwan
Adrian James Kirwan is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of History, NUI, Maynooth. His research focuses on the interaction between society and technology. The title of his Ph.D. thesis is ‘Telecommunications in the nineteenth century: with particular reference to Ireland, c. 1797-1912.’ This shall investigate how societal, economic, political and technological factors influenced the development of telecommunications in nineteenth-century Ireland. It shall also investigate the various impacts that telecommunication technologies had on the island. The role that Ireland’s membership of the United Kingdom had on these developments shall be central to this study. Adrian completed a BA in 2012, achieving a first class honours. He commenced his Ph.D. research in the same year, funded by a NUIM, John and Pat Hume scholarship and was subsequently awarded an Irish Research Council, Postgraduate Scholarship in 2013.

Social Media & Technology: Neasa McGarrigle is a doctoral student in the Department of History, Trinity College Dublin. Her PhD focuses on Nobel physicist Erwin Schrödinger and the establishment of Éamon de Valera’s Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1940-50. Neasa’s research areas are twentieth-century scientific networks, World War II scientific refugees, science in twentieth-century Ireland and the role of science in national identity. Neasa earned a M.Sc. in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology from the University of Oxford in 2011. She is the Science Editor for the award-winning blog Headstuff and has previously worked on digitalisation, conservation, and cataloguing projects for the Edward Worth Library, the Early Printed Books Collection at Trinity College Dublin and the State Art Collection.

Elizabethanne Boran is the Librarian of the Edward Worth Library in Dr Steevens’ Hospital, Dublin. She is the editor of the three volume Correspondence of James Ussher, 1600-1656, published by the Irish Manuscript Commission in 2015, and, in addition, she has written on the history of early modern science, book-collecting, libraries and, more generally, the seventeenth-century history of ideas and universities. She is Leader of Work Group 4: Documents and Collections of the COST Action IS1310: ‘Reassembling the Republic of Letters, 1500-1800: A Digital Framework for multi-lateral collaboration on Europe’s Intellectual History’ and she is the Irish member of the International Commission for the History of Universities.

Peter J. Bowler is Professor emeritus of the History of Science at Queen’s University, Belfast. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, 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, 2003-2005. He has an M.A. from Cambridge University, and M.Sc. from the University of Sussex and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and has taught at universities in Canada, Malaysia and the United Kingdom. He has published a number of books on the history and impact of evolutionism and is the editor (with Nicholas Whyte) of Science and Society in Ireland: The Social Context of Science in Ireland, 1800-1950. Queen’s University of Belfast: Institute of Irish Studies, 1997.

Margaret Buckley is currently pursuing an interdisciplinary Ph.D., jointly supervised by the School of Applied Social Studies and the Department of History in University College Cork, Ireland. In 2014, I was awarded an Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship for the duration of my doctoral studies. My thesis is titled ‘“A Cure for the Poor”: Anevaluation of welfare provision for the over 50s in Limerick City, 1875 to 1925 through the lens of Death and Dying’. It uses the graveyard records of the City to assess the impact of social policy initiatives on quality of life for the elderly over a pivotal 50 years of Irish history. Previously, using similar primary source material, I have researched the consequences of Spanish Influenza in Limerick City, the effects of a number of childhood epidemics, and the role played by the workhouse and workhouse hospital in the city. I am interested in the historical development of welfare provision, focusing on the fields of epidemiology, housing, healthcare and poverty.

Fiachra Byrne  is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the UCD Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland. His current research project is on the mental health of juvenile prisoners in England and Ireland from 1850 to 2000. This comparative study examines the penal practices, legal frameworks, and professional and public discourses relating to the management of the mental health of juvenile prisoners. It also forms a research strand within the Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award project, ‘Prisoners, Medicial Care and Entitlement to Health in England and Ireland, 1850–2000’, led by co-PIs Dr Catherine Cox (UCD) and Hilary Marland (University of Warwick).

Catherine Cox is the Director of the Centre for the History of Medicine of Ireland (CHOMI) at University College Dublin. She currently holds a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award entitled Prisoners, Medical Care and Entitlement to Health in England and Ireland, 1850-2000′ with Professor Hilary Marland at Warwick University. The Award builds on an earlier collaboration with Professor Marland on a Wellcome Trust supported project on Irish migration and mental illness between the Great Famine and Irish Independence which has resulted in a series of articles and a co-edited volume. Her publications include Negotiating insanity in the southeast of Ireland, 1820-1900 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2012); with Hilary Marland, Migration, Health, and Ethnicity in the Modern World (Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013); with Maria Luddy,  Cultures of Care in Irish Medical History 1750-1970(Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and numerous articles. With Dr Graham Brownlow, she is editor of Irish Economic and Social History.

John Cunningham is an Associate Research Fellow on the Early Modern Practitioners project at the University of Exeter. In this role, I am part of a team investigating the lives and careers of medical practitioners in England, Wales and Ireland in the period 1500-1715. The key outputs of this research, which is supported by the Wellcome Trust, will be a major monograph and a substantial open-access online database. I hold a PhD from NUI Galway, where I wrote a dissertation on the Cromwellian and Restoration land settlements. As well as a number of essays and articles, I have published a monograph entitled Conquest and Land in Ireland: the Transplantation to Connacht, 1649-1680.

Diarmid Finnegan, School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology, Queen’s University Belfast. My research is concerned with science, space and culture in historical perspective. Recent work has centred on public speech as a situated mode of interaction between science and culture in the nineteenth century and on science in nineteenth-century Belfast. I have also investigated the cultural influences of evolutionary thought in the late nineteenth century and recently published a paper on the reception of theories about human evolution in the context of religious debates about the creation of Eve. I am now embarking on a new project on ‘spaces of the human,’ which will work towards a historical geography of ideas about humanness from the early modern period to contemporary debates about post-human futures.

Mark Grossman is an independent researcher residing in the New York City metropolitan area. His research focuses on the works of Irish chemists William and Bryan Higgins and their possible influence on the development of John Dalton’s atomic theory, as well as the history of Irish meteorites. In addition to publishing in academic journals, he maintains a blog devoted to the history of meteorites and the history of science: meteoritemanuscripts.blogspot.com ; markig@westnet.com

Sue Hemmens
Originally qualified as a biochemist and now Deputy Keeper of Marsh’s Library, Sue Hemmens is working towards a PhD in the area of early modern natural philosophy. Research interests include the history of natural philosophy in the early modern period, with a particular focus on Ireland; the customisation of library discovery interfaces; and the dissemination of music in print and manuscript in eighteenth-century Ireland. More about Sue and her recent publications can be seen here on Marsh’s Library website.

Benjamin Huskinson is currently pursuing a PhD in history at Queen’s University Belfast. His research focuses on science and religion in popular culture, and his thesis is a new history of anti-evolution movements in the United States after 1960. He holds a B.A. in political science from Washington State University, an M.Sc. in political psychology from Queen’s University Belfast, and an MLitt in American Studies from the University of Glasgow.

Tomás Irish
I am Lecturer in Modern History at Swansea University. My research interests lie in the cultural history of the First World War and specifically its impact upon universities and intellectual communities. In 2015 I published ‘The University at War 1914-25: Britain, France, and the United States‘. I was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for War Studies in Trinity College Dublin from 2012-2015, where I also completed my PhD thesis. My second book, ‘Trinity in War and Revolution 1912-1923‘, was published by the Royal Irish Academy Press in October 2015. I was an Ussher fellow at Trinity College from 2007-2010 and was awarded a Postgraduate Scholarship by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences for the year 2010-2011. In 2009 I was awarded a scholarship by the Historial de la Grande Guerre at Péronne (Somme). In 2013 I was a Craig C. Dobbin research fellow at McGill University in Montréal, Canada. In 2015 I was elected a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. In Spring 2015 I was an adjunct lecturer at Maynooth University. Between 2012 and 2014 I served as Associate Director of the Centre for War Studies at Trinity College Dublin.

Nuala Johnson (MRIA) is Reader in Human Geography at Queen’s University
Belfast. Her research is both historical and contemporary in focus. She has written extensively on nationalism and the politics of identity; public monuments and collective memory; literary spaces; and the historical geographies of science. Her recent work has been particularly engaged with analyzing the development of botanical gardens and their aesthetics; natural history travel and she is currently working on a project on botanical illustration and empire. She has published extensively in international journals including Journal of Historical Geography, Cultural Geographies, Environment and Planning D. She is author of Ireland, the Great War and the Geography of Remembrance (Cambridge University Press, 2003), Nature Displaced, Nature Displayed: Order and Beauty in Botanical Gardens (I B Tauris 2011) and has edited three further books.

Greta Jones is emeritus professor of history at the University of Ulster at Jordanstown. She is a graduate of University College London and the London School of Economics. In 1980 she published on Social Darwinism and English Thought and subsequently went on to publish on eugenics and on the politics of science in the Cold War era. During her time in Ireland she has developed an interest in Irish scientific history. and in Irish history of medicine. Supported by the Wellcome Trust she has researched and published on the history of TB in Ireland and migrants from Irish medical schools. She started as her career as a research fellow at the University of Leicester looking at the popularisation of science in the media. She has held visiting fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania marking the centenary of Darwin’s death, the London School of Economics and Corpus Christi College Cambridge.

Laura Kelly is a Lecturer in the History of Health and Medicine at the University of Strathclyde. From 2012-2014 she was an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland, University College Dublin and previously lectured at NUI Galway. Her research interests include the history of medical student culture, medical education, the medical profession and gender and medicine in Ireland in the period 1850-1950. Her first monograph ‘Irish women in medicine, c.1880s-1920s: origins, education and careers’ was published by Manchester University Press in 2013.

Thomas J.J. McCloughlin has a wide range of interests in the history of science including Darwin’s botanical research, Byzantine science, museology and informal science, and the relationship between the history of science and history of science education.  He is lecturer in science education in St. Patrick’s College (DCU) and he is in charge of the science education unit’s archive which holds the equipment conserved since the college inception in 1875.

Ian Miller
Ian completed his PhD at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester, in 2009. He has since taught medical and Irish history at University College Dublin (2009-10) and held an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship (UCD, 2010-13) and a Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship (UU, 2013-16). Ian is the author of various peer-reviewed journal articles, policy pieces and book reviews. In 2011, he published A ModernHistory of the Stomach: Gastric Illness, Medicine and British Society, 1800-1950 with Pickering and Chatto. A second monograph, Reforming Food in Post-Famine Ireland: Medicine, Science and Improvement, 1845-1922, was published by Manchester University Press in 2014. He is also the author of Water: A Global History (Reaktion Books, 2015) and co-editor (with David Durnin) of Medicine, Health and Irish Experiences of Conflict, 1914-45 (Manchester University Press, 2016).

Ida Milne
Ida Milne’s primary research interest is in the social history of infectious disease. She holds an Irish Research Council Elevate Fellowship, co-funded by Marie Curie Actions, at Queen’s University Belfast and Maynooth University, for a research project on ‘Changing the landscape of childhood disease in Ireland, 1910-1990.’ This work will look at how new medical treatments, vaccination and public health education campaigns, improved housing, sanitation, diet and environment reduced the childhood mortality from infectious diseases. She was awarded a PhD from TCD in 2011 for her work on the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic in Ireland; in this, as in her other work, she used oral histories to gain insights not available from other sources. A former journalist, she is a director and member of the steering committee of the Oral History Network of Ireland, and a committee member of the Federation of Local History Societies.

Nigel Monaghan is Keeper of the Natural History Division of the National Museum of Ireland. His interests lie in the history of the natural sciences in Ireland, particularly geology, zoology and the development of Irish museums. naturalhistory@museum.ie

Susan Mullaney
Although still practising medicine, Susan completed a Masters in the History of Medicine in the Wellcome Centre in University College London in 2008. Her thesis for the PhD degree in University College Cork was entitled ‘The Evolution of the Medical Professions in Eighteenth Century Ireland’. She currently teaches a history of science module ‘The Scientific Revolution’ as part of the liberal arts program on the American College, Dublin, and contributes to the teaching of medical humanities in the medical school in Trinity College, Dublin. She is the secretary of the History of Medical Section of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland, and is a member of the Library and Archives Committee of the RDS. She has contributed articles on the Irish Poor Law, the regulation of the eighteenth century apothecaries and the establishment of the nationwide system of infirmaries in eighteenth century Ireland.

Don O’Leary
I am an independent researcher in history, residing in Mallow, County Cork. Most of my research is published in three books: Vocationalism and Social Catholicism in Twentieth-Century Ireland (Irish Academic Press, 2000),Roman Catholicism and Modern Science: A History (Continuum, 2006), and Irish Catholicism and Science: From ‘Godless Colleges’ to the ‘Celtic Tiger’ (Cork University Press, 2012).  I am currently researching Irish Catholic responses to developments in the biomedical sciences from the publication of the papal encyclical, Humanae Vitae (1968), to the present.

Tanya O’Sullivan holds a BA (Archaeology and Art History) and an MA (Archaeology), from University College Dublin. Her MA research involved an avi-faunal analysis of Viking-age bird bone samples from excavations in Dublin city. She was employed by archaeological consultancies in the UK (the Scottish Urban Archaeological Trust in Perth, and Archaeological Operations and Conservation (Scotland) Ltd. in Edinburgh) before working on a freelance basis as an archaeozoologist in Northern Ireland. Currently her studies are focused on the history of science, and congregate around the spatiality of scientific culture — particularly in regard to ‘origins interpretation’ and ‘science and the city’ — and geographical approaches to scientific biography. In 2014 she completed a PhD at the School of Geography, Queen’s University Belfast, entitled Keeping Origins in Site: Lives, Locations and Science in Dublin, 1870-1910.  

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