March 2018


Wales and the History of Science

Lecture Room 4, New Arts Building, Bangor University, College Road, Bangor
Friday 16 March 2018, 17:30–18:54
Megan Tomos


What is Wales' history and heritage of science?  There are many ways of writing the history of science. After considering the histories of specific disciplines, which are a common and fundamental form of history, I will discuss the general nature of national and local histories of science. Then I will examine the state of the history of science in Wales - its scholarship, role in school education, and its place in public consciousness - and make some proposals for developing its future. To illustrate I will look at the science of Richard Price and William Robert Grove, among many.


Professor Tucker

John V. Tucker is Professor of Computer Science and Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Science and Engineering at Swansea University. An expert on computing systems, he also has a particular interest in the history of computation, including its social, economic and cultural contexts. He was a Founding Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales and its first General Secretary. Of particular relevance to this lecture, he is a member of the Editorial Board of a new series of books, Scientists of Wales, published by the University of Wales Press.