Patricia Fara

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Patricia Fara is a historian of science at the University of Cambridge. She is a graduate of the University of Oxford and did her PhD at the University of London. She is a former Fellow of Darwin College and is currently a Fellow of Clare College where she is Senior Tutor and Tutor for graduate students. Fara is also a research associate and lecturer in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science.[1][2] Fara is author of numerous popular books on the history of science and has been a guest on BBC Radio 4's science and history discussion series, In Our Time. She began her academic career as a physicist but returned to graduate studies as a mature student to specialise in History and Philosophy of Science, completing her PhD thesis at Imperial College, London in 1993.

Her areas of particular academic interest include the role of portraiture and art in the history of science, science in the 18th century England during the Enlightenment and the role of women in science. She has written and co-authored a number of books for children on science. Fara is also a reviewer of books on history of science. She has recently written Science: A Four Thousand Year History (2009) [3][4] and Erasmus Darwin: Sex, Science, and Serendipity (2012).[5]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Fara, P. (2002) An Entertainment for Angels: Electricity in the Enlightenment Icon Books
  • Fara, P. (2002) Newton: The Making of Genius Pan-MacMillan
  • Fara, P. (2003) Sex, Botany and Empire: The Stories of Carl Linnaeus and Joseph Banks Icon Books
  • Fara, P. (2004) Pandora's Breeches: Women, Science and Power in the Enlightenment Pimlico Books
  • Fara, P. (2005) Fatal Attraction: Magnetic Mysteries of the Enlightenment Icon Books
  • Fara, P. (2009) Science: A four thousand year history Oxford University Press
  • Fara, P. (2012) Erasmus Darwin: Sex, Science, and Serendipity Oxford University Press

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Clare College Fellows Dr Patricia Fara Retrieved 16 August 2010
  2. ^ HPS Affiliated lecturers, Cambridge Dr Patricia Fara Retrieved 16 August 2010
  3. ^ Fara, Patricia (2009) Science: A Four Thousand Year History Oxford: Oxford University Press
  4. ^ Ferry, Georgina (2009) 'Under the Microscope' The Guardian 25 April 2009 Retrieved 16 August 2010
  5. ^ Fara, Patricia (2012) Erasmus Darwin: Sex, Science, and Serendipity Oxford: Oxford University Press