Professor Mark Jackson


I am currently Professor of the History of Medicine and Research Theme  Leader for Medical Humanities at the University of Exeter.

After qualifying in immunology in 1982 and medicine in 1985, I pursued research on the social history of infanticide and the history of `feeble-mindedness' at the Universities of Leeds and Manchester. More recently, I have been researching and writing on the history of allergic diseases, such as asthma, hayfever and eczema, in the modern world, and on the history of stress. My publications include New-Born Child Murder: Women, Illegitimacy and the Courts in Eighteenth-Century England (1996), The Borderland of Imbecility: Medicine, Society and the Fabrication of the Feeble Mind in Late Victorian and Edwardian Britain (2000), Allergy: The History of a Modern Malady (2006), Asthma: The Biography (2009), Oxford Handbook of the History of Medicine (Ed., 2011), and The Age of Stress: Science and the Search for Stability (2013), as well numerous edited volumes, book chapters and journal articles.

I have a strong interest in developing and expanding the undergraduate medical curriculum and in creating opportunities for wider public engagement activities in radio, television, newspapers and schools.  I am currently Senor Academic Adviser (Medical Humanities) at the Wellcome Trust and have served as Chair of the Wellcome Trust History of Medicine Funding Committee, (2003-8), and the Trust's Research Resources Funding Committee (2008-13). I am a member of the History sub-panel for REF 2014.

Editorial and professional positions

Member of the History sub-panel for REF2014
Editorial board member for 
Science and Culture in the Nineteenth Century (Pickering & Chatto)
Chair of the Wellcome Trust History of Medicine Grants Panel, 2003-8 (Member from 2000-3).
Member of the Wellcome Trust Research Resources in Medical History Panel, 2008- (Member from 2003)
Chair of the Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities Strategic Award Funding Committee, 2008-9
Member of the Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Strategic Advisory Group, 2002-8
Member of the Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities Strategy Group, 2004-
Specialist Advisor, Panels 60 and 62, RAE 2008
Member of College of Reviewers, Canada Research Chairs Program, 2008-
Member of the Peninsula Medical School Board
Accreditation panel member, Museums Libraries and Archives Council, 2005-
Reviews Editor, Social History of Medicine, 1997-2001.
Member of Editorial Advisory Board, Medical Humanities.
Editor, Arts and Humanities section of Medical Education, (2002-3)
External Examiner, Newcastle University, MA in medical history, 2011-
External Examiner, Open University, History of Medicine, 2008-
External examiner, UCL Intercalated BSc in the History of Medicine, 2002-6
External examiner, University of Birmingham, Intercalated B.Med.Sc.(History of Medicine), 2001-4
External examiner, University of Cardiff, MA in History, 2003-6
Member of the Programme Committee of the Wellcome Trust Centre History of Twentieth-Century Medicine Group, 2001-
Chairman of the National Action Group for the integration of medical history into the medical curriculum, 2000-