He is an historian of science and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He is Emeritus Professor at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. His books include Defining Science: William Whewell, Natural Knowledge and Public Debate in early Victorian Britain (Cambridge, 1993); Encyclopaedic Visions: Scientific Dictionaries and Enlightenment Culture (Cambridge, 2001); and Notebooks, English Virtuosi, and Early Modern Science (The University of Chicago Press, 2014). He recently coedited ‘Towards a history of the questionnaire’, a special issue of Intellectual History Review, 32, no. 3 (2022).
Richard will be speaking on the historical perspectives panel, Machine Memories, Methods, and Histories.