Dr John van Wyhe
John van Wyhe (B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (Cantab)) is a historian of science, Senior Lecturer in the Departments of Biological Sciences and History and a Fellow of Tembusu College at the National University of Singapore. He is the Director of Darwin Online and Wallace Online, Professorial Fellow of Charles Darwin University, Fellow of the Linnean Society of London and a Scientific Associate of the Natural History Museum (London).
His research has challenged several long-standing myths including that Darwin kept his theory secret for 20 years (Darwin's delay); when Darwin received Wallace's evolution essay (see BJLS); and that Darwin gave up Christianity when his daughter Annie died.
He has recently completed a new book: Dispelling the Darkness: Voyage in the Malay Archipelago and the discovery of evolution by Wallace and Darwin. (coming May 2013)
John van Wyhe lectures and broadcasts around the world. See here.
Contact: email@example.com Phone: +65 660 11163
|Department of Biological Sciences
National University of Singapore
14 Science Drive 4
S2 level 3 mezzanine
Books by John van Wyhe
Charles Darwin's shorter publications 1829-1883. Cambridge University Press, 2009, xxvi + 529pp. (Amazon)
Charles Darwin's notebooks from the voyage of the Beagle. Cambridge University Press, 2009, with G. Chancellor & K. Rookmaaker, xxiii + 650pp. (Amazon)
Darwin in Cambridge. Cambridge: Christ's College, 2009, 75pp.
Phrenology and the origins of Victorian scientific naturalism. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004, xvii + 282pp. (Amazon)
Combe's Constitution of man, and nineteenth-century responses. Bristol: Thoemmes Press, 2004, 3 vols., 1,150pp. (Amazon)
The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online (http://darwin-online.org.uk/) 2002-.
Wallace's notebooks from the Malay Archipelago.
The Malay Archipelago. Edited by John van Wyhe.
The letters of Johann Gaspar Spurzheim. c. 320pp.
An iconography of Charles Darwin (with Gene Kritsky).
2013 '"my appointment received the sanction of the Admiralty": Why Charles Darwin really was the naturalist on HMS Beagle'. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences.
2013 Alfred Russel Wallace. In Ruse ed. The Cambridge encyclopedia of Darwin and evolutionary thought. Cambridge University Press.
2013 Wallace's mystery flycatcher. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 61 (1): 1-5, figs. 1-3. (with Kees Rookmaaker)
2012 Correcting the Darwin myths. In The Origin of Darwinism: Charles Darwin and The Origin of Species. Guardian Books.
2012 In Alfred Russel Wallace's Shadow: His forgotten assistant, Charles Allen (1839-1892). Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society 85, part 2, no. 303: 17-54. (with Kees Rookmaaker)
2012 The Annie Darwin hypothesis: Did the death of his daughter cause Darwin to "give up Christianity"? Centaurus 54: 1-19 (with Mark Pallen).
2012 Wallace, Darwin and Southeast Asia: the real field site of evolution. In Gower et al. eds. Biotic evolution and environmental change in Southeast Asia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 16-31.
2012 Where do Darwin's finches come from? The evolutionary review 3, 1: 185-195.
2012 A new theory to explain the receipt of Wallace's Ternate Essay by Darwin in 1858. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society (with Kees Rookmaaker)
2012 Charles Darwin’s life and work 200 years on. (Dis)Entangling Darwin: cross-disciplinary reflections on the man and his legacy. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 11-24.
2012 John Tweedie and Charles Darwin in Buenos Aires. Notes and records of the Royal Society (with Jeff Ollerton and Gordon Chancellor)
2011 Was Charles Darwin an atheist? The public domain review (28 July).
2011 Charles Darwin: A life of discovery. In M. Hutchins ed. Grzimek's animal life, evolution. Farmington Hills: Gale, pp. 31-44. (with Angus Carroll)
2010 'Almighty God! what a wonderful discovery!': Did Charles Darwin really believe life came from space? Endeavour 34, no. 3, (September): 95-103.
2010 Johan Gaspar Spurzheim. Neue Deutsche Biographie 24: 770-1.
2010 Commemorating Charles Darwin. The evolutionary review 1, No. 1 (February): 42-47.
2009 Charles Darwin's Cambridge Life 1828-1831. Journal of Cambridge studies 4 (4) (December): 2-13.
2009 Charles Darwin 1809 - 2009. The International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology 41: 251-3.
2009 Darwin Online. Science progress 92, part 3/4, pp. 485-6.
2007 Mind the gap: Did Darwin avoid publishing his theory for many years? Notes and Records of the Royal Society 61: 177-205.
2004 Was phrenology a reform science? Towards a new generalization for phrenology. History of Science xlii: 313-331.
2002 The authority of human nature: the Schädellehre of Franz Joseph Gall. British Journal for the History of Science (March): 17-42.
Wallace in Singapore. In T. Barnard ed. Singaporean environmental history. NUS Press.
Historicizing contextualism. In P. Kjærgaard ed., History and ideas: science, politics, philosophy. Cambridge Scholars Press.
Introduction. Darwin's Journal of researches. 1890 edn. Ushuaia: Zagier.
1858 and all that: When did Wallace send Darwin the Ternate essay?
Secularism in Singapore.
Other shorter publications
2012 Darwin in translation. American Philosophical Society Darwin-Valentine collection.
2012 Solving the Darwin-Wallace mystery. Faculty of Science Research newsletter 17, no. 1 (June): 8-9.
2012 The mail route of Wallace's Ternate essay. Newsletter of the Society for the History of Natural History 103: 5-6 (with K. Rookmaaker).
2011 [Review of] Smith and Beccaloni eds. Natural selection and beyond: the intellectual legacy of Alfred Russel Wallace. Nuncius. Journal of the Material and Visual History of Science
2011 [Review of] Pattison, Darwins of Shrewsbury and Dixon and Radick, Darwin in Ilkley. British Journal for the History of Science 467-468.
2010 Darwin's Edinburgh diary. In J. F. Derry ed., Darwin in Scotland: Edinburgh, evolution and enlightenment. Whittles Publishing, pp. 111-115, 118-120.
2010 Darwin's major works and book chapters. In J. F. Derry ed., Darwin in Scotland: Edinburgh, evolution and enlightenment. Whittles Publishing, pp. 161-3.
2009 Essential reading: Charles Darwin. BBC History Magazine 10, No. 9 (September): 90.
2009 [Review of] The voyage of the Beagle by James Taylor. BBC History Magazine 10, No. 3: 70.
2009 Darwin vs God. BBC History Magazine 10, No. 1 (January): 26-31. [Cover story]
2009 Darwin and music. Cambridge Music Festival 2009: Music and Evolution, pp. 14, 19.
2009 Darwin's theory is still a hot debate. Cambridge Evening News (3 Feb.)
2009 Darwin and evolution: what does it matter? Mens' Health Magazine.
2008 ‘Darwin, su vida' in Desde la memoria: Historia, medicina y ciencia en torno a…Darwin Fundación de Ciencias de la Salud Darwin. Madrid, pp. 7-19.
2008 A reception study in the making? The unprecedented reception of Darwin's private papers online. Viewpoint: Newsletter of the British Society for the History of Science (June) No. 86: 5.
2008 Darwin Online (reply to Jonathan Smith). Journal of Victorian Culture 13, 1, (Spring): 119-120.
2008 Dinner with Darwin. New Humanist Magazine (January) 123, No. 1, pp. 15-17.
2008 [Review of] The correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 15. Isis (March): 99(1): 196-7.
2008 Misconceptions. The Guardian [Saturday pamphlet] (9 February).
2007 A Darwin manuscript at Christ's College, Christ's College Magazine no. 232, pp. 66-8.
2007 Darwin discovery [cheque at Christ's College] Viewpoint: Newsletter of the British Society for the History of Science No. 82 (February), p. 13.
2007 The launch and reception of Darwin Online. Notes and Records of the Royal Society 61: 63-5. (With A. Basman)
2007 Chambers, Bones of contention: The fossil that shook science. John Murray, 2003. Viewpoint: Newsletter of the British Society for the History of Science 12-13.
2006 Phrenology. In J. Merriman and J. Winter, eds. Encyclopedia of Europe: 1789-1918. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons.
2006 The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online. D-Lib Magazine (December) 12, 12.
2006 [Review of] Michael Hagner, Geniale Gehirne. Isis 97 (1).
2006 A new life online. Endeavour 30, no. 2, p. 119.
2006 The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online. Notes and Records of the Royal Society 60: 87-9.
2006 The history of science is dead. Long live the history of science! Viewpoint: Newsletter of the British Society for the History of Science (June) No. 80.
2005 Phrenology. Scribner's Encyclopedia of Europe 1789-1914.
2005 Entries on Cultural Evolution, Phrenology & Psychological Materialism. Encylopedia of British Philosophy.
2005 [Review of] Finger, Origins of Neuroscience: A history of explorations into brain function, 2001. British Journal for the History of Science 38 (June): 222-3.
2005 A Reason for Everything: Natural Selection and the English Imagination. by Marek Kohn. Human Nature Review 5: 1-4.
2005 The descent of words: Evolutionary thinking 1780-1880. Endeavour 29: 94-100.
2004 Alfred Russel Wallace: in a court of his own. Evolution 58, No. 12 (December): 2840-2841.
2004 Being of my opinion about humans [review of] Moore, Being me: what it means to be human. Endeavour 28, 4 (December): 141-2.
2004 [Twelve entries in] B. Lightman ed., Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century British Scientists. 4 vols. Bristol: Thoemmes Press.
2003 George Combe's Constitution of man and the law of hereditary descent. A cultural history of heredity II, Max Planck Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, preprint series, pp. 165-74.
2003 Science vs. religion or my gods are better than your gods? The controversies over Combe's Constitution of Man 1826-60. Intellectual News 11/12, pp. 24-31.
2003 [Various entries] Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century British Scientists. Bristol: Thoemmes Press.
2003 Charles Darwin on variation under nature. Green Trend Magazine (India)
2003 [Review of] In Darwin's Shadow: The life and science of Alfred Russel Wallace...by Michael Shermer. Human Nature Review 3: 166-8.
2002 George Combe. The Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century British Philosophers. Bristol: Thoemmes Press, pp. 271-2.
2002 Phrenology. Skeptic's Encyclopedia of Pseudoscience. Abc-Clio, vol. 1, pp. 170-172.
[Review of] Darwin: Portrait of a Genius. By Paul Johnson.
2012- Wallace Online
2011 Darwin's notes on Wallace's Island life (1880) NHM-WP6.4.1 Text & image
2011 Darwin's Down House notebook 1.1. Text EH1.1 [English Heritage 88202321]
2011 1836-7. [Reports of Darwin's communications read to the Cambridge Philosophical Society 1835-7]. London and Edinburgh philosophical magazine. Text
2011 Online letter to the The History of Science Collections of the University of Oklahoma Libraries.
2010 'There is such disputes about...definition of species' (2.1841) Text & image CUL-DAR205.5.40
2010 'Talking with Mr. Strickland = I confess that my theory must necessarily be given up' (4.1842) Text & image CUL-DAR205.9.149
2010 'a sketch of the principal events in my life'. (1866-1875). Text & image DAR91.102-113
2010 Darwin's list of fossil wood specimens from the Beagle (transcription)
2010 What 1835 Chile quake taught Darwin. CNN Opinion
2010 John van Wyhe on Tahiti. VPRO
2010 Ship's Journal: John van Wyhe and Anthony in the footsteps of Darwin. VPRO (watch video) (YouTube)
2009 Francis Darwin's annotated copy of the Origin of Species (1859)
2009 [Memorial of A. R. Wallace for a Civil List Pension]. (1880) CUL-DAR91.95-98
2009 [Outline of the 1842 sketch of species theory]. CUL-DAR6.14
2009 [Abstract of species theory sent to Asa Gray].  CUL-DAR6.51
2009 Darwin's student bills at Christ's College, Cambridge
2009 1909: The first Darwin centenary
2009 'Utricularia' [draft of Insectivorous plants, p. 427]
2008 Darwin's Papers & Manuscripts: an introduction.
2008 Charles Darwin's Papers Online
2008 [Notes on reading Sumner's Evidence of Christianity]. [c. 1827.] CUL-DAR91.114-118
2008 Comparison of three versions of Darwin's Queries about expression.
2008 [Emma Darwin's Reminiscences of Charles Darwin's last years.] CUL-DAR210.9
2008-9 1831-1836 Lecturer's Book. CC-T.8.2
2007 [Online research guide] Natural history and biology in the nineteenth century. Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge.
2007 Freeman, R. B. Charles Darwin: A companion. 2d online ed. compiled by Sue Asscher (edited by John van Wyhe).
2007 Darwin's notebooks on geology, transmutation, metaphysical enquiries and reading lists
2007 A Darwin manuscript discovered at Christ's College after a century in darkness (Christ's College)
2007 Introduction to Darwin Online
2007 Introduction to the Harker Catalogue, Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences.
2007 'The position of the bones of Mastodon (?) at Port St Julian is of interest' (2.1835) CUL-DAR42.97-99
2007 [Emma Darwin's memo about Darwin's religious doubts] (c. 2.1839) CUL-DAR210.8.14
2006 Photograph of Charles Darwin by Maull and Polyblank for the Literary and Scientific Portrait Club (1855)
2006 Darwin and Christ's College
2006-9 Darwin's Beagle field notebooks. Transcribed and edited by Gordon Chancellor, John van Wyhe & Kees Rookmaaker.
2006 'Journal' (1809-1881). CUL-DAR158.1-76 and Introduction.
2006 'Admissions to Christ College'  CC-T.1.2
2006 [University Museum of Zoology accession catalogue, pp. 187-8] (1897) UMZC-Catalogue
2006 'Admissions 1818-1828' CC-T.1.4 Introduction to the Admissions books.
2006 'Admissions 1815-1852' CC-T.3.1
2006 'Admissions to Christ College'  CC-T.1.2
2006 Darwin's insects in Stephens' Illustrations of British entomology (1829-32)
2006 Introduction to Darwin's Catalogue of the appendages and other parts of Cirripedes, mounted as microscopical slides. (1854-5)]. The University Museum of Zoology Cambridge,
2006 cheque by Charles Darwin 'to self' (Union Bank of London) 1872.03.21 Introduction
2005 [Photograph of a Robin] Birds of Britain (March) [a bit of fun]
2005- The Darwin Manuscript Catalogue. The first and most complete union catalogue of Darwin manuscripts and papers ever published.
2005- The Freeman Bibliographical Database. The most complete bibliography of Darwin's writings ever published.
2002-3 Editor of The Victorian Web (http://www.victorianweb.org/) Edited and contributed to section: ‘Victorian science: An overview'.
2002 Charles Darwin: gentleman naturalist: A biographical sketch
2002-3 Views of Victorian Cambridge, part of the Victorian Web
1999- The history of phrenology on the web (http://www.historyofphrenology.org.uk/).
06.03.13 '1858 and all that' The Darwin-Wallace mystery solved. International Symposium "100 years after Wallace" Faculty of Science, National Autonomous University of Mexico.
10.06.12 Wallace in Singapore. Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, Asia Research Institute.
09.27.12 The launch of Wallace Online, Tembusu College, NUS.
08.30.12 Wallace's mystery flycatcher at NUS. Work-in-progress Seminar, Tembusu College, NUS.
04.07.12 The Wallace Darwin mystery. Wallace Darwin Science Symposium, Hasanuddin University, Makassar, Indonesia.
15.11.11 Darwin and orchids. 20th World Orchid Conference, Singapore.
10.03.11 Apocalypse now! Evolution discovered in 1850s South East Asia. Work-in-progress Seminar, Tembusu College, NUS.
16.07.11 1858 and all that: When did Alfred Russel Wallace send his Ternate essay to Charles Darwin? British Society for the History of Science annual conference, Exeter University.
20.04.11 Alfred Russel Wallace and science in Victorian Singapore. Departmental seminar, Department of History, NUS.
24.07.10 Charles Darwin really was the naturalist on the Beagle. British Society for the History of Science annual conference, Aberdeen University.
25.06.10 Private blueprints for public science: the notebooks of Darwin and Wallace. William Henry Fox Talbot: Beyond Photography, CRASSH, University of Cambridge.
11.07.09 In Darwin's pocket. The Beagle field notebooks. Darwin in the field, Sedgwick Museum, University of Cambridge.
05.07.09 Darwin's notebooks. British Society for the History of Science annual conference, University of Leicester.
24.06.09 Darwin and the tree of life. Willi Hennig Society Meeting, Singapore Botanic Gardens.
15.05.09 Why aren't the social sciences Darwinian? Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies. Cambridge University.
04.07.08 "Almighty God! what a wonderful discovery!" Did Charles Darwin really believe life came from outer space?' British Society for the History of Science annual conference, Oxford University.
26.07.07 Darwin's delay: another historiographical myth? The International Society for History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology, Exeter.
30.06.07 Darwin and the matrix: Darwin Online and future historiography. British Society for the History of Science annual conference, Manchester University.
24.04.07 Darwin's loss of faith. Faraday Institute, University of Cambridge.
26.02.07 Was Darwin afraid to publish? The evidence is clear. Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities, Evidence seminar.
11.01.07 Darwin Online. Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities, University of Cambridge.
04.12.06 Did Darwin delay? Popular myths about Darwin. Evolution til alle. Aarhus University, Denmark.
07.06 Mind the gap: did Darwin avoid publishing his theory? British Society for the History of Science annual conference, Canterbury University.
10.02.06 Darwin and the Galapagos finches. Darwin Day, Birmingham University.
07.11.06 Darwin in conversation with his critics, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities.
11.05 Where do Darwin's finches come from? Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities.
12.09.05 The famous Darwin finches. History of Science Department, Aarhus University, Denmark.
07.05 Darwin's finches: the evolution of a legend in the history of science. British Society for the History of Science annual conference, Leeds University.
04.12.04 Darwin's finches: the pleasures and perils of science popularisation. Aarhus University, Denmark.
2-3.8.04 The diffusion of phrenology via public lectures: Defusing anti-diffusion in the historiography of science. Popular science: 19th century sites and experiences, York University, Canada.
27.06.04 The descent of words: the content and contexts of evolutionary thinking 1780-1880. British Society for the History of Science annual conference, Liverpool University.
05.03.04 Digitizing Darwin, Research and the internet: the case of the history of science. Maison Française, Oxford University.
18.07.03 Phrenological Controversy: was it between groups or individuals? British Society for the History of Science annual conference, University of York.
20.05.03 Historicizing contextualism: a new perspective for the history of ideas. History of Political Thought Seminar, Trinity College Cambridge.
24.04.03 The 'diffusion' of science in the nineteenth century: sloppy metaphor or accurate description? Institutkollokvium ved Institut for Videnskabshistorie, University of Aarhus, Denmark.
01.03 George Combe's Constitution of man and the law of hereditary descent. A cultural history of heredity, Max Planck Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin.
27.07.01 Science vs. religion or my gods are better than your gods? The controversies over Combe's Constitution of Man 1826-60. 'Quarrels, Polemics and Controversies', International Society for Intellectual History, Trinity College, Cambridge University.
04.01 Old phrenology and new neuroscience: false accusations? Images of the Mind, Anthropology Department, Goldsmiths College, University of London.
17.03.01 Phrenology: an international science. European conference on physiognomy. École Normale Supérieure, Paris.
27.11.00 Spurzheim: co-founder of phrenology or plagiarist? Cabinet of Natural History (Cambridge Group for the History of Natural History), HPS Cambridge University.
31.01.00 Travels of a Craniologist: Franz Joseph Gall and his European lecture tour 1805-1807. Cabinet of Natural History (Cambridge Group for the History of Natural History), HPS Cambridge University.
12.01.00 "phrenological, which is another word for natural": Reassessing the British phrenology debates 1815- c. 1830, British Society for the History of Science Conference, HPS Cambridge University.
23.02.2013 The life and achievements of Darwin. Darwin Day. Woodlands Regional Library, Singapore.
27.4.2012 Alfred Russel Wallace in South East Asia: the true story. Asian Civilizations Museum.
13.04.2012 Darwin & Wallace. The Mystery Solved. Science in the Café, Science Centre, Singapore.
12.02.2012 Charles Darwin. Humanist Society of Singapore.
11.02.2012 Charles Darwin the true story. National Geographic, Vivo City, Singapore.
14.11.2011 Alfred Russel Wallace in South East Asia: the true story. Asian Civilisations Museums (Singapore).
21.04.2011 Solving the Darwin-Wallace Mystery of 1858. Asian Research Institute, National Museum of Singapore.
16.03.2011 Blinkbl_nk, Brewerkz at Riverside Point, Singapore.
12.02.2011 Darwin Day. Humanist Society of Singapore.
27.01.2011 Science lunchtime talks, Faculty of Science, NUS.
16.10.2010 TEDxNUS, National University of Singapore.
18.09.2010 Keynote lecture. National Institute of Technology Durgapur, India.
09.02.2010 San Diego State University, California.
07.02.2010 Keynote lecture. Stanford University, California.
07.02.2010 Why Darwin really gave up Christianity. The Humanist Community of Silicon Valley, California.
04.12.2009 Porto University, Portugal.
28.11.2009 National Museum of Ireland, Dublin.
27.11.2009 Oundle School.
12.11.2009 Darwin Day at Aarhus University, Denmark.
13.10.2009 Darwin Society, Christ's College, Cambridge.
11.10.2009 Ilkley Playhouse Wildman Studio, Weston Road, Ilkley.
26.09.2009 Christ's College Alumni lecture.
26.09.2009 Cambridge Library Group.
23.09.2009 Centre for Life in Newcastle upon Tyne.
16.09.2009 Life and Earth Scientists: SE Asian Gateway Meeting at Royal Holloway, University of London.
09.09.2009 Department of History, National University of Singapore.
07.09.2009 Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore.
24.07.2009 Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution.
27.06.2009 University of Northampton.
22.06.2009 National University of Singapore.
13.06.2009 Cambridge Local Girton Association, Girton College, Cambridge.
22.05.2009 University of Birmingham.
16.05.2009 Darwin in London. Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons & Grant Museum of Zoology.
06.05.2009 Cambridge University atheist & agnostic society, Cambridge Union.
21.04.2009 Mid-Maine Global Forum, Waterville, Maine.
20.04.2009 Colby College, Waterville, Maine.
17.04.2009 Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Cincinnati.
16.04.2009 University of Cincinnati, Ohio.
10.04.2009 Huntingdon Library, Los Angeles, California.
09.04.2009 Oklahoma University.
08.04.2009 University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Wisconsin.
04.04.2009 Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, Colorado.
03.04.2009 American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Chicago.
01.04.2009 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, Ohio.
30.03.2009 Boston University, Massachusetts.
28.03.2009 Ramsbottom Lecture, Society for the History of Natural History, National Museum of Wales.
12.03.2009 Clare College Research Symposium 2009.
22.02.2009 National History Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen.
13.02.2009 Winchester Discovery Centre.
12.02.2009 Christ's College, Cambridge.
09.02.2009 University of St Andrews.
5-6.02.2009 Natural History Museum, Milan.
26.09.2008 What Darwin really said about humans. British Council, Cafe Scientifique. Athens-Sofia.
19.09.2008 Darwin's life. Shrewsbury School, Shrewsbury.
07.05.2008 Charles Darwin – his life and legacy. Residencia de Estudiantes, Madrid, Spain.
08.02.2008 A century of celebrating Darwin: The evolution and extinction of historical myths. Darwin industries Inc. Getting in gear for 2009. University of Aarhus, Denmark.
14.11.2007 Rediscovering Darwin: The real story of Darwin's finches. 11th Annual Grant Lecture, Grant Museum of Zoology, University College London.
20.10.2007 Launch of Darwin Online. Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities, Cambridge University.
22.09.2007 Did Darwin really avoid publishing his theory of evolution? Alumni lecture, Christ's College, Cambridge.
15.09.2007 Darwin's delay. Alumni lecture, Christ's College, Cambridge.
07.07.2007 Darwin and Christ's College. Alumni lecture, Christ's College, Cambridge.
18.04.2007 Did Darwin really delay publishing his theory for many years? Natural History Museum, London.
26.04.2006 Darwin's Finches. Icons of the Galapagos, British Library.
28.09.2005 Darwin and evolution. Natural History Museum, Aarhus, Denmark.
28.09.2005 Darwinising the history of ideas. Society for the History of Ideas, Aarhus University, Denmark.
23.03.2003 What is science popularisation? History of Science Popularisation, University of Aarhus, Denmark.
28.12.2001 Naturforscher oder Scharlatan? Der Schädellehrer Franz Joseph Gall (1758-1828). Sitzungssaal of the Rathaus of Weil der Stadt, Germany.
2011- Fellow of Tembusu College, National University of Singapore.
2011- Organizer of the Work-in-progress seminar, Tembusu College.
2010- Scientific Associate, The Natural History Museum (London).
2010-11 Joint Appointment to the University Scholars Programme, National University of Singapore.
2009- Senior Lecturer, Departments of Biological Sciences and History, National University of Singapore.
2009- Associate of the Science, Technology & Society (STS) Cluster, FASS, National University of Singapore.
2009- Associate of the Asia Research Institute (ARI), National University of Singapore.
2009- Fellow of the Linnean Society of London.
2009- Editorial Board of The evolutionary review.
2005-9 Editorial Board of Centaurus.
2005- Life member of the Biological Society, University of Cambridge.
2005-10 Bye-Fellow, Christ's College, Cambridge.
2005-9 Member of Regents House, University of Cambridge.
2005-8 Director of the Wheeler Library of the British Society for the History of Science.
2005-8 Editor of the British Society for the History of Science Monograph series.
2005-8 Member of Council and Trustee of the British Society for the History of Science.
2005 Visiting Associate Professor, History of Ideas Department, University of Aarhus, Denmark.
2003-5 Research Fellow, Correspondence of Alfred Russel Wallace Project, Open University.
2002- Founder and Director of The Complete Work of Charles Darwin online.
2002-3 Senior Research Fellow, University Scholars Programme, National University of Singapore.
2002-3 Editor of the Science section of the Victorian Web.
2001-10 Affiliated Research Scholar, Department of History & Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge.
1999- Member of The Cambridge Historical Society.
1999-2000 Organizer of the Pan-historical Methods seminar, History Faculty, University of Cambridge. (An interdisciplinary seminar for presenting specialized historical research to a general historian audience.)