Many people have contributed to the Darwin Correspondence Project since it was first founded in 1974.
Current staff are all based in Cambridge, UK, in the University Library and at the Department for the History and Philosophy of Science. We are:
Prof James A. Secord (Director)
Jim Secord has served as Director of the Darwin Correspondence Project since 2006. He is a fellow of Christ’s College, and Professor of History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge, and for 2013-15 is Head of Department. Besides his work for the Darwin Project, his research is on the history of science from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries, and he has published many articles and several books, including Controversy in Victorian Geology (Princeton, 1986) and editions of the works of Mary Somerville, Charles Lyell, and Robert Chambers. Victorian Sensation: The Extraordinary Publication, Reception, and Secret Authorship of Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation (Chicago, 2000), is an account of the public debates about evolution in the mid-nineteenth century, won the Pfizer Prize of the History of Science Society, and he has edited a selection of Darwin’s evolutionary writings in the Oxford World’s Classics series, which includes a fresh transcription of the autobiographical Recollections and responses to Darwin’s books from around the world. Most recently he published Visions of Science: Books and Readers at the Dawn of the Victorian Age (OUP, 2014).
Dr Alison Pearn (Associate Director)
Alison joined the Project in 1996. Her background is in history, with a BA from Oxford, and a PhD from Cambridge. She curated the University Library’s Darwin Bicentenary exhibition, and edited a companion book, A Voyage Round the World: Charles Darwin and the Beagle Collections of the University of Cambridge (CUP 2009). She is responsible for the day-to-day management of all aspects of the Darwin Project, including its outreach programme, gives both academic and popular lectures on its work, and has appeared on radio programmes such as BBC Radio 4’s In our Time, and Woman’s Hour.
Mrs Rosemary Clarkson (Research Assistant)
Rosy has a degree in Greek and Latin and is a trained archivist. In addition to assisting with research, she is the initial point of contact for the Project, answering a wide range of queries from academic colleagues and the public. She also keeps the office running, transcribes letter texts, researches obscure individuals mentioned in letters and helps maintain the research database.
Mr Andrew Corrigan (Production Assistant)
Andy has been working part-time for the Project since late 2011, coming from a background in archaeology he also has a particular interest in photography. He assists with the creation of web content in addition to sourcing, preparing and managing images both for print and the web. Andy also contributes to the project’s social media presence and has a particular responsibility for helping with our typesetting process.
Dr Samantha Evans (Editor and Research Associate)
Samantha joined the Project in 1997. Her background is in classics and publishing. In addition to research and editing, she copy-edits all editorial material, supervises the in-house production process, and liaises with CUP production editors.
Ms Shelley Innes (Editor and Research Associate)
Shelley’s background is in the history of zoology, but since joining the Project in 2000, she has become an enthusiastic follower of Darwin’s botanical work as well. Her favourite correspondent is Fritz Müller. In addition to general research and editing, she is the primary editor for German and Russian letters.
Dr Francis Neary (Editor and Research Associate)
Francis joined the Project in 2011. His research interests include history of modern medical technologies, history and philosophy of psychology (especially human consciousness and the self from the late 19th century), scientific biography and museology and the material culture of science and medicine. With John Pickstone and Julie Anderson, he is the author of Surgeons, Manufacturers and Patients: A transatlantic history of hip replacement (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2007). Francis has curated a number of exhibitions, including ‘Darwin the Geologist’ a permanent exhibit commissioned by the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, Cambridge, for the Darwin Bicentenary in 2009.
Dr Anne Secord (Editor and Research Associate)
Anne was trained in the history of science at London University. She rejoined the Project in October 2010 as an editor, having worked as assistant editor on the first seven volumes of Darwin’s correspondence. The focus of her research and writings has been on popular, particularly working-class, natural history in nineteenth-century Britain, and on horticulture, medicine and consumption in the eighteenth century. She is the editor of a new edition of Gilbert White’s Natural History of Selborne (OUP, 2013), and is completing a book to be published by the University of Chicago Press, that explores social class, observation, and skill in nineteenth-century natural history.
Ms Elizabeth Smith (Research Assistant)
Elizabeth has an MPhil in HPS from Cambridge and has worked for the Newton Project Canada. In addition to assisting with research and editing, she transcribes letter texts, and does most of the Project’s inhouse typesetting. She also helps promote the Project through social media.
Ms Sally Stafford (Education and Outreach Officer)
Sally worked with teachers and pupils at a range of secondary schools to develop our web-based teaching resources for 11-16 year olds. She contributed a chapter outlining the use of Darwin’s letters in the classroom to Darwin Inspired Learning (Sense Publishers, 2015). She is now working on resources for primary schools, families and informal adult learners. The letters provide many opportunities for cross-curricular study through the unique insight they offer of Darwin’s life and times. Sally has a background in the heritage sector in developing learning and interpretation resources for schools and families.
Dr Paul White (Editor and Research Associate)
Paul joined the Project in 1997. He regularly teaches in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science in Cambridge and has helped develop the Project’s teaching materials for schools and universities. His special interests include the history of the emotions, and the interface of science and literature. He is author of Thomas Huxley: Making the ‘man of science’ (Cambridge University Press, 2003), and various articles on science and Victorian culture.
Dr Charissa Varma (Visiting Scholar)
Charissa joined the Project in 2013 and was a summer intern in 2008. In the past she worked on Darwin’s correspondence with his publisher John Murray, but these days she works on the Darwin Family letters and letters from women. She is passionate about teaching and is involved in developing some of the Project’s teaching materials for universities, as well as regularly supervising history and philosophy of science and bioethics in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge. She has a BA and MA in philosophy from McMaster University, Canada, and a PhD in HPS from the University of Toronto (IHPST), Canada. Her research centres on the history and philosophy of biology (specifically biological classification) and history and philosophy of logic in the nineteenth and early twentieth century.
The following are among those former staff and associates who have contributed to the work of the Darwin Correspondence Project since its inception in 1974:
Doris E. Andrews
Pamela J. Brant
Anne Schlabach Burkhardt
P. Thomas Carroll
Sheila Ann Dean
Mario di Gregorio
Katie Ericksen Baca
Jane Mork Gibson
Zusana Jakubisinova Toci
Christine M. Joyner
Joan W. Kimball
Barbara A. Kimmelman
Anna K. Mayer
Myrna Perez Shelton
Stephen V. Pocock
John A. Reesman
Marsha L. Richmond
Nora Carroll Stevenson
Jonathan R. Topham
Some names are now lost to us, and we would appreciate hearing from anyone who has contributed in the past and is not listed here.
Between 2009 and 2013, supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Science Foundation, we had a group of colleagues based in the History of Science Department, Harvard, under the direction of Professor Janet Browne. They were Geoff Belknap, Katie Ericksen Baca, Megan Formato, Andrew Inkpen, Myrna Perez Shelton, Alistair Sponsel, Jenna Tonn, and Rebecca Woods. We are most grateful to the Department for providing space and facilities for the duration of the grants.
We are similarly grateful to Cornell University for providing office space and facilities to our colleague Sheila Ann Dean over a number of years.