Dr Geoffrey Belknap

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Dr Geoffrey Belknap is a historian of Victorian Science, Visual Culture and Periodical History. Having completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2011 he has worked as a researcher and post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University on both the Charles Darwin and John Tyndall Correspondence Projects. He has also held short-term fellowships at the Yale Center for British Art and the University of Nairobi. His primary area of research has been the production and reproduction of photographic images in various sites of scientific communication. As a post-doctoral fellow on the Constructing Scientific Communities project at Leicester University, he is investigating the broader uses of illustrations within Natural History periodicals in the mid- to late-Victorian period. He is also a research fellow at the Centre for Arts and Humanities Research in the Natural History Museum, London


Dr Belknap is a post doctoral fellow on the AHRC funded Constructing Scientific Communities: Citizen Science in the 19th and 21st Centuries.  Working with a team of historians and scientists across the Universities of Oxford and Leicester, and the Natural History Museum, Royal College of Surgeons and Royal Society over the next three and a half years the project is investigating the creation and communication of science, whether through images, periodicals, or large-scale internet platforms, by an informed and engaged public.


"Through the Looking Glass: Photography, Science and Imperial Motivations in John Thomson's Photographic Expeditions." History of Science 52, no. 1 (2014): 73-97.

Belknap, Geoffrey and Sophie Defrance, “Photographs as Scientific and Social Objects in the Correspondence of Charles Darwin” in Photographs, Museums, Collections: Between Art and Information, eds. Elizabeth Edwards and Chris Morton (Bloomsbury Academic Press: London, Forthcoming 2015).

Morus, Iwan and Geoffrey Belknap, The Correspondence of John Tyndall, Volume 9, (London: Pickering and Chatto Press, 2019).

Encyclopedia entries for Grove Edition of Oxford Art Online for the following entries: “Bonfils, Félix-Adrien”, “Lion, Jules”, “Robert, Louis-Rémy”, “Vogel, Hermann Wilhelm” and “Wey, Francis” http://www.oxfordartonline.com


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