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 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.



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. 2017. The Oxford Illustrated History of Science. Oxford University Press Cadair

Morus, I. 2017. Staging Science. In J. Holmes., S. Ruston. (eds) Routledge Research Companion to Nineteenth-century British Literature and Science. Taylor & Francis Cadair

Morus, I. 2017. William Robert Grove: Victorian Gentleman of Science. Scientists of Wales Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press, Cardiff Cadair


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. Cadair

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. Cadair


Morus, I. 2015. No Mere Dream: Material Culture and Electrical Imagination in Late Victorian Britain. Centaurus 57 (3) pp. 173-191. Cadair


Morus, I.R. 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. Cadair


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


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

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


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. Cadair

Morus, I.R. 2010. Focus: Performing Science. Isis 101 (4) pp. 775-828. Cadair

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

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. Cadair


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. Cadair

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

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


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. Cadair


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


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

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


Morus, I. 2002. Bodies/Machines. Bloomsbury Publishing