Andrea Wulf

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Andrea Wulf
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New Delhi, India
Notable worksThe Brother Gardeners, This Other Eden, Founding Gardeners, Chasing Venus, The Invention of Nature, Alexander Humboldt's New World

Andrea Wulf (born 1972) is a historian and writer, lives in Britain, and has written books, newspaper articles and book reviews.

Wulf studied design history at The Royal College of Art, London and is a public speaker, delivering lectures in the UK and USA. Wulf was the guest speaker at the Kitt Peak National Observatory.

Her book The Brother Gardeners, published in April 2008, was long-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize and received a CBHL Annual Literature Award in 2010. In 2016, Wulf won the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize and the Royal Geographical Society's Ness Award for her book The Invention of Nature.[1][2]

She was born in New Delhi, India and spent the first five years of her life there then grew up in Hamburg.[3]

Chasing Venus: the Race to Measure the Heavens (2012)[edit]

Her book Chasing Venus: the Race to Measure the Heavens (2012) is a non-fiction book about expeditions of scientists who set off around the world in 1761 and 1769 to collect data relating to the transit of Venus and thereby to measure and understand better the universe. The narrative style provides glimpses into the personalities of those involved, their aims and obsessions, their failures and discoveries, and provides the historic context of the period in the 18th century when modern-day scientifically accurate mapping and international scientific collaboration began. Dramatis personae include Joseph Banks, Catherine the Great, Jean-Baptiste Chappe d'Auteroche, James Cook, Joseph-Nicolas Delisle, Jeremiah Dixon, Benjamin Franklin, Edmond Halley, Maximilian Hell, Guillaume Le Gentil, Mikhail Lomonosov, Nevil Maskelyne, Charles Mason, Alexandre-Gui Pingré, David Rittenhouse, James Short, Pehr Wilhelm Wargentin, John Winthrop, and members of the American Philosophical Society, French Academy of Sciences, Royal Society, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and Russian Academy of Sciences.[4]

The Invention of Nature (2015)[edit]

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World is a nonfiction book released in 2015, by the historian Andrea Wulf about the Prussian naturalist, explorer and geographer Alexander von Humboldt. Wulf makes the case that Humboldt synthesized knowledge from many different fields to form a vision of nature as one interconnected system, that would go on to influence scientists, activists and the public.


  • This Other Eden: Seven Great Gardens and 300 Years of English History Little, Brown, 2005, ISBN 9780316725804
  • The Brother Gardeners: A Generation of Gentlemen Naturalists and the Birth of an Obsession Vintage Books, 2008, ISBN 9780307454751
  • Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation Knopf Doubleday, 2012, ISBN 9780307390684
  • Chasing Venus: the Race to Measure the Heavens (2012) ISBN 9780307958617
  • The Invention of Nature: How Alexander Von Humboldt Revolutionized Our World, Hodder And Stoughton Limited, 2015, ISBN 9781848548985


  1. ^ "The Royal Society announces the winner of the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2016". Retrieved 2016-09-22.
  2. ^ "2016 medals and awards recipients announced". Royal Geographical Society. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  3. ^ "A conversation with 'Founding Gardeners' author Andrea Wulf". Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-07-06.
  4. ^ A. Wulf. Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens. NY: Knopf, 2012

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