Hilary Rose (sociologist)

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Hilary Ann Rose (born 1935) During the 1939- 45 war she was evaculated from south London with her mother and brother. In 1940, the year of Dunkirk, they along with many other london School children were sent to Weymouth (a curious locationas given that it was opposite the French coast). With the defeat of France and her army many of the soldiers were evacuated to Weymouth. Soldiers slept on the pavements and in the requisitioned schools. This together with watching dog fights in the sky were part of her everyday life. After attending 9 primary schools in different parts of the country she was sent to a small grammar school in Suffolk. In 1946 the eleven plus took her to an elite girls school where she didn't fit in and became alienated from both school and study(1).


Hilary Rose has published extensively in the sociology of science from a feminist perspective and has held numerous appointments in the UK, the US, Australia, Austria, Norway, Finland and at the Swedish Collegium for the Advanced Study of the Social Science. She is visiting research professor of sociology at the London School of Economics and Professor Emerita of Social Policy at the University of Bradford. She was the Gresham Professor of Physic between 1999 and 2002.[1] In 1997 she was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Faculty of Social Sciences at Uppsala University, Sweden [2] for her contribution to the feminist sociology of science.[3] In 2001 her book Love, Power and Knowledge: Towards a Feminist Transformation of the Sciences was listed one of the "101 Best Books of the 20th Century" published by the Portuguese Ministry of Culture.[citation needed] She collaborated for a number of years with the European Commission research division on mainstreaming women scientists in the European research system.[citation needed]

Together with British neuroscientist Steven Rose she gave a three-year lecture series on "Genetics and Society" as joint Professors of Physick at Gresham College London. One of the products of this collaboration was the edited book Alas Poor Darwin: Arguments Against Evolutionary Psychology published in 2000.[4][5] Her most recent books, with Steven Rose, are Genes, Cells and Brains: The Promethean Promises of the New Biology (Verso, 2012) and Can Neuroscience Change Our Minds? (Polity, 2016)

Hilary Rose was one of the founders of the British Committee for Universities of Palestine.[6]

She is widely published, having authored, co-authored or co-edited 13 books and over 150 articles.[citation needed]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Can Neuroscience Change Our Minds? (with Steven Rose), 2016, Polity, ISBN 978-0-7456-8931-9
  • Genes, Cells and Brains: The Promethean Promises of the New Biology (with Steven Rose), Verso, 2013 ISBN 9781844678815
  • Alas, Poor Darwin: Escaping Evolutionary Psychology (with Steven Rose, Editors), Cape, 2000.
  • Science and Society (with Steven Rose), Allen Lane, 1969. Penguin, 1970.
  • Love, Power and Knowledge: Towards a Feminist Transformation of the Sciences, Polity Press, 1994 ISBN 0-7456-1001-3'
  • 'Autogenisis' Open Letter: Canadian Journal of Writng and Theory, 2000 pp2-22


  1. ^ Rees, D., Rose, S., eds. (2004). The New Brain Sciences: Perils and Prospects. New York: Cambridge University Press. p. xiii. ISBN 0-521-53714-2. 
  2. ^ http://www.uu.se/en/about-uu/traditions/prizes/honorary-doctorates/
  3. ^ "Hilary Ann Rose". Uppsala Universitet. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Less Selfish than Sacred? Genes and the Religious Impulse in Evolutionary Psychology". The Guardian. 7 September 2001. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  5. ^ Biology in an Age of Technoscience
  6. ^ "The only weapon available". The Guardian. 26 May 2007. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 

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