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


The Oxford Illustrated History of ScienceMorus, I. 2017 Oxford University Press. 448 p.
Sight and Sites: The National Repository and the Politics of Seeing in Early Nineteenth-Century EnglandMorus, I. 2017 Science Museums in Transition: Anglo-American Cultures of Display in the Nineteenth Century. Lightman, B. & Berkowitz, C. (eds.). University of Pittsburgh Press, p. 87-110 (Science and Culture in the Nineteenth Century)
Staging ScienceMorus, I. 2017 Routledge Research Companion to Nineteenth-century British Literature and Science. Holmes, J. & Ruston, S. (eds.). Taylor & Francis, p. 201214 p.
William Robert Grove: Victorian Gentleman of ScienceMorus, I. 2017 Cardiff: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press. 192 p. (Scientists of Wales)
Invisible Technicians, Instrument-makers and ArtisansMorus, I. 2016 Blackwell Companion to the History of Science. Lightman, B. (ed.). Oxford: Wiley, p. 97-110 (Wiley Blackwell Companions to World History)
Making the Most Beautiful Experiment: Reconstructing Gassiot’s CascadeMorus, I. 2016 Staging Science: Scientific Performance on Street, Stage and Screen. Willis, M. (ed.). London: Springer Nature, p. 11-3323 p. (Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine)
No Mere Dream: Material Culture and Electrical Imagination in Late Victorian BritainMorus, I. 2015 In : Centaurus.57, 3, p. 173-19119 p.
Physics and medicineMorus, I. R. 2013 The Oxford Handbook of the History of Physics. Buchwald, J. & Fox, R. (eds.). Oxford University Press, p. 679-697 (Oxford Handbooks in Physics)
Illuminating Illusions, or the Victorian Art of Seeing ThingsMorus, I. R. 2012 In : Early Popular Visual Culture.10, 1, p. 37-5014 p.
What Happened to Sensational Science?Morus, I. R. 2011 In : European Romantic Review.22, 3, p. 389-40315 p.
Shocking Bodies: Life, Death & Electricity in Victorian EnglandMorus, I. R. 2011 The History Press. 224 p.
In the Ether: Electricity and the Victorian FutureMorus, I. R. 2010 Utopianism and the Sciences, 1880-1930. Kemperink, M. & Vermeer, L. (eds.). Peeters Publishing, p. 17-3216 p. (Groningen Studies in Cultural Change; vol. 37)
Focus: Performing ScienceMorus, I. R. (ed.) 2010 In : Isis.101, 4, p. 775-82854 p.
Illuminating the VictoriansMorus, I. R. 2010 In : History and Technology.26, 2, p. 157-1626 p.
Cables and Coils and Gassiot Casacades, That's what Electrical Bodies are Made ofMorus, I. R. 2010 In : Annales historiques de l'électricité .8, p. 105-11713 p.
Radicals, Romantics and Electrical Showmen: Placing Galvanism at the End of the English EnlightenmentMorus, I. R. 2009 In : Notes and Records of the Royal Society.63, 3, p. 263-27513 p.
Sensational, Spectacular ScienceMorus, I. R. 2009 In : Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences.39, 3, p. 356-36611 p.
What is the History of Science Really Like?Morus, I. R. 2009 In : History of Science.47, 3, p. 359-3668 p.
A Dynamical Form of Mechanical Effect: Thomson's ThermodynamicsMorus, I. R. 2008 Kelvin: Life, Labours and Legacy. Flood, R., McCartney, M. & Whitaker, A. (eds.). Oxford University Press, p. 122-13918 p.
Bodily Disciplines and Disciplined Bodies: Instruments, Skills and Victorian TherapeuticsMorus, I. 2006 In : Social History of Medicine.19, 2, p. 241-25919 p.
Making Modern Science: a historical surveyBowler, P. & Morus, I. 2005 University of Chicago Press. 464 p.
When Physics Became KingMorus, I. 2005 University of Chicago Press. 288 p.
Bodies/MachinesMorus, I. 2002 Bloomsbury Publishing. 264 p.