Photograph of Professor Iwan Rhys Morus.Professor Iwan Rhys Morus

Professor of History
BA (Cantab)
MPhil (Cantab)
PhD (Cantab)


Office: C46
Phone: +44 (0)1970 622670


Born and brought up in Aberystwyth, Iwan graduated in Natural Science from Cambridge University in 1985 before going on to complete an MPhil (1986) and PhD (1989) in History and Philosophy of Science there. He was a Research Fellow at Cambridge until 1994, after which he spent a year at the University of California San Diego before taking up a lectureship at Queen's University Belfast. He joined the Department of History & Welsh History at Aberystwyth in 2005. He is on the Editorial Board of the British Journal of the History of Science and was the editor of History of Science until the end of 2014. He is currently on the Editorial Board of the University of Wales Press series, Scientists of Wales.

Teaching Areas


Iwan has published extensively on the history and culture of Victorian science. He is currently writing a biography of the Welsh natural philosopher William Robert Grove and a cultural history of Victorian illusions, as well as editing the Oxford Illustrated History of Science. His current research looks at the cultural history of vision in the nineteenth century and the relationship between the culture of scientific spectacle and the constitution of epistemic authority.

He is a co-investigator on the AHRC funded project Unsettling Scientific Stories: Expertise, Narrative and Future Histories, and is the editor of History of Science. He is also the Project Director for the ‘Memory and Media in Wales’ JISC-funded research project and a senior collaborator on the John Tyndall Correspondence Project at Montana State University.



Morus, I.R. 2012. Illuminating Illusions, or the Victorian Art of Seeing Things. Early Popular Visual Culture 10 (1) pp. 37-50. 10.1080/17460654.2012.638806

Morus, I.R. 2012. Physics and medicine. In J. Buchwald, R. Fox (eds), Oxford Handbook of the History of Physics. Oxford Handbooks in Physics Oxford University Press pp. 679-697.


Morus, I.R. 2011. Shocking Bodies: Life, Death & Electricity in Victorian England. The History Press

Morus, I.R. 2011. What Happened to Sensational Science? European Romantic Review 22 (3) pp. 389-403. 10.1080/10509585.2011.564463


Morus, I.R. 2010. Cables and Coils and Gassiot Casacades, That's what Electrical Bodies are Made of. Annales historiques de l'électricité (8) pp. 105-117. Other

2010. Focus: Performing Science.

Morus, I.R. 2010. Illuminating the Victorians. History and Technology 26 (2) pp. 157-162. 10.1080/07341511003750089

Morus, I.R. 2010. In the Ether: Electricity and the Victorian Future. In M. Kemperink, L. Vermeer (eds), Utopianism and the Sciences, 1880-1930. Groningen Studies in Cultural Change, vol. 37 Peeters Publishing pp. 17-32.


Morus, I.R. 2009. Radicals, Romantics and Electrical Showmen: Placing Galvanism at the End of the English Enlightenment. Notes and Records of the Royal Society 63 (3) pp. 263-275. 10.1098/rsnr.2009.0023 Other

Morus, I.R. 2009. Sensational, Spectacular Science. Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences 39 (3) pp. 356-366. 10.1525/hsns.2009.39.3.356

Morus, I.R. 2009. What is the History of Science Really Like? History of Science 47 (3) pp. 359-366. 10.1177/007327530904700306


Morus, I.R. 2008. A Dynamical Form of Mechanical Effect: Thomson's Thermodynamics. In R. Flood, M. McCartney, A. Whitaker (eds), Kelvin: Life, Labours and Legacy. Oxford University Press pp. 122-139.


Morus, I. 2006. Bodily Disciplines and Disciplined Bodies: Instruments, Skills and Victorian Therapeutics. Social History of Medicine 19 (2) pp. 241-259. 10.1093/shm/hkl037 Cadair


Bowler, P., Morus, I. 2005. Making Modern Science: a historical survey. University of Chicago Press Cadair Other

Morus, I. 2005. When Physics Became King. University of Chicago Press Cadair Other


Morus, I. 2002. Bodies/Machines. Berg Publishers Cadair Other