Dr Tom Quick


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My research to date has addressed intersections between three broad historical trends:  the constitution from around the turn of the nineteenth century of the life sciences as critical to the conceptualisation of human bodies; the re-orientation of popular self-understanding around non-human animals during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; and the emergence of technology-oriented culture over the last 300 or so years. As part of the 'Multispecies Medicine' research group, I currently focus on the history of animal breeding and care, and its relation to health in twentieth-century culture. To this end I address topics ranging from women’s historical role as carers for dogs, to the implications of scientific animal breeding programmes for twentieth-century understandings of racial difference, to the utilisation of insects and microscopic organisms in therapeutics.

My work appears in globally-recognized publications, including Science in Context, The Historical Journal, the Journal of British Studies, and The British Journal for the History of Science.

In addition to my historical research proper, I have participated in the development of digital tools for historical analysis (see http://cslide.medsci.ox.ac.uk/), presented television programs relating to the history of medicine and medical science, and participated in a wide range of outreach and educational activities.

Since obtaining my doctorate from University College London in 2011, I've worked at a range of academic institutions, including the University of Oxford, the University of Leeds, UCL, the Science Museum (London) and Queen Mary University of London. I joined the CHSTM as a research associate in March 2017.

Areas of expertise

  • D204 Modern History - History of science, History of biomedicine, History of biotechnology, Digital Humanities, History


  • History of Medicine, History of Biology, History of Psychology, History of Britain, Nineteenth Century History, Twentieth century history, Animal Studies, History of Empire

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2011 - Doctor of Philosophy, Techniques of Life: Zoology, Psychology and Technical Subjectivity in Britain (c.1820-1890), University College London (UCL) (2007 - 2011)

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