Dr Richard Noakes


I was born in Lewisham, South East London, and was educated in neighbouring Forest Hill. In 1989, after a secondary education in Eltham Green and Crown Woods comprehensive schools, I studied the Natural Sciences Tripos at Cambridge University (Corpus Christi College). I graduated with a BA in History and Philosophy of Science 1992 and a PhD in 1998.  My doctoral dissertation examined the relationship between science, technology and spiritualism in Victorian Britain.  Between 1999 and 2002 I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the 'Science in the Nineteenth Century Periodical Project' at the Universities of Leeds and Sheffield, and between 2002 and 2007 2002 I was British Academy-Royal Society Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the History of Science at Cambridge University.  I was appointed Lecturer in History at the University of Exeter in  2007.