Dr Tom Quick

Research Associate

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I'm an early career scholar with substantial research and teaching experience. 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 University of Manchester as a research associate in March 2017, working with colleagues at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine on projects concerned with the history of animals.

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 clinical medicine.

I have contributed to a range of publications, including amongst others Science in Context, Social History of Medicine, the Journal of British Studies, and The Historical Journal (subject to revision).

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.

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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