Prof Iwan Morus

MA, MPhil, PhD (Cantab)

Prof Iwan Morus

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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 was the editor of History of Science until the end of 2014 and remains on the editorial board. He is also on the Editorial Board of the University of Wales Press Scientists of Wales series. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of the Learned Society of Wales.



Iwan has published extensively on the history and culture of Victorian science. He has just completed a biography of the Welsh natural philosopher William Robert Grove and edited the recently published Oxford Illustrated History of Science. He is currently pursuing projects on the history of experts, scientific illusions, and Victorian futures. He is a co-investigator on the AHRC funded project Unsettling Scientific Stories: Expertise, Narrative and Future Histories, and a senior collaborator on the John Tyndall Correspondence Project at Montana State University and York University Canada.

Office Hours (Student Contact Times)

  • Tuesday 11.00-12.00
  • Friday 14.00-15.00


Morus, I 2006, 'Bodily Disciplines and Disciplined Bodies: Instruments, Skills and Victorian Therapeutics' Social History of Medicine, vol 19, no. 2, pp. 241-259. DOI: 10.1093/shm/hkl037
Bowler, P & Morus, I 2005, Making Modern Science: a historical survey. University of Chicago Press.
Morus, I 2005, When Physics Became King. University of Chicago Press.
Morus, I 2002, Bodies/Machines. Bloomsbury Publishing.
Morus, I 2017, 'How a Victorian lawyer from Wales invented the hydrogen fuel cell' The Conversation.
Morus, I 2017, The Oxford Illustrated History of Science. Oxford University Press.
Morus, I 2017, Sight and Sites: The National Repository and the Politics of Seeing in Early Nineteenth-Century England. in B Lightman & C Berkowitz (eds), Science Museums in Transition: Anglo-American Cultures of Display in the Nineteenth Century. Science and Culture in the Nineteenth Century, University of Pittsburgh Press, pp. 87-110.
Morus, I 2017, Staging Science. in J Holmes & S Ruston (eds), Routledge Research Companion to Nineteenth-century British Literature and Science. Taylor & Francis, pp. 201.
Morus, I 2017, William Robert Grove: Victorian Gentleman of Science. Scientists of Wales, Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press, Cardiff.
Morus, I 2016, Invisible Technicians, Instrument-makers and Artisans. in B Lightman (ed.), Blackwell Companion to the History of Science. Wiley Blackwell Companions to World History, Wiley, Oxford, pp. 97-110.
Morus, I 2016, Making the Most Beautiful Experiment: Reconstructing Gassiot’s Cascade. in M Willis (ed.), Staging Science: Scientific Performance on Street, Stage and Screen. Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine, Springer Nature, London, pp. 11-33.
Morus, I 2015, 'No Mere Dream: Material Culture and Electrical Imagination in Late Victorian Britain' Centaurus, vol 57, no. 3, pp. 173-191. DOI: 10.1111/1600-0498.12093
Morus, IR 2013, Physics and medicine. in J Buchwald & R Fox (eds), The Oxford Handbook of the History of Physics. Oxford Handbooks in Physics, Oxford University Press, pp. 679-697.
Morus, IR 2012, 'Illuminating Illusions, or the Victorian Art of Seeing Things' Early Popular Visual Culture, vol 10, no. 1, pp. 37-50. DOI: 10.1080/17460654.2012.638806
Morus, IR 2011, 'What Happened to Sensational Science?' European Romantic Review, vol 22, no. 3, pp. 389-403. DOI: 10.1080/10509585.2011.564463
Morus, IR 2011, Shocking Bodies: Life, Death & Electricity in Victorian England. The History Press.
Morus, IR 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, IR (ed.) 2010, 'Focus: Performing Science' Isis, vol 101, no. 4, pp. 775-828.
Morus, IR 2010, 'Illuminating the Victorians' History and Technology, vol 26, no. 2, pp. 157-162. DOI: 10.1080/07341511003750089
Morus, IR 2010, 'Cables and Coils and Gassiot Casacades, That's what Electrical Bodies are Made of' Annales historiques de l'électricité , no. 8, pp. 105-117.
Morus, IR 2009, 'Radicals, Romantics and Electrical Showmen: Placing Galvanism at the End of the English Enlightenment' Notes and Records of the Royal Society, vol 63, no. 3, pp. 263-275. DOI: 10.1098/rsnr.2009.0023
Morus, IR 2009, 'Sensational, Spectacular Science' Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, vol 39, no. 3, pp. 356-366. DOI: 10.1525/hsns.2009.39.3.356
Morus, IR 2009, 'What is the History of Science Really Like?' History of Science, vol 47, no. 3, pp. 359-366. DOI: 10.1177/007327530904700306
Morus, IR 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.