David Edgerton (historian)
Professor David Edgerton was educated at St John's College, Oxford and Imperial College London. After teaching the economics of science and technology and the history of science and technology at the University of Manchester, he became the founding director of the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at Imperial College, London, and Hans Rausing Professor. He has held a Major Research Fellowship (2006-2009) from the Leverhulme Trust. In 2013, he led the move of the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine to the Department of History of King's College London.
One of Britain’s leading historians, Edgerton has published a number of works over 20 years which challenge conventional analyses of science and technology. Significant among them are Warfare State: Britain 1920-1970 (Cambridge, 2005) and The Shock of the Old: Technology and Global History since 1900 (Profile, 2006). He has written for such publications as Prospect, the London Review of Books, Nature, Times Higher Education Supplement, and The Guardian, and has often appeared on television and radio.
David Edgerton has published both articles and several books, including:
- The Rise and Fall of the British Nation: A Twentieth-Century History (2018) ISBN 978-1-8461-4775-3
- Britain's War Machine: Weapons, Resources and Experts in the Second World War (2011) ISBN 978-0-7139-9918-1
- Warfare State: Britain 1920–1970 (Cambridge, 2005); ISBN 978-0-521-67231-3
- The Shock of the Old: Technology and Global History since 1900 (Profile, 2006) ISBN 978-1-86197-306-1
- Science, Technology and the British Industrial 'Decline' 1870–1970 ISBN 978-0-521-57778-6
- England and the Aeroplane: An Essay on a Militant and Technological Nation (Science, Technology and Medicine in Modern History) (1991) ISBN 978-0-333-56921-4
- Sutherland, John (1 August 2006). "The ideas interview: David Edgerton". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 January 2011.
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