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The HPRS department is proud to announce the publication of a volume, edited by our colleague Don Leggett and Charlotte Sleigh (University of Kent, U.K.), titled:

Scientific governance in Britain, 1914–79

Manchester, Manchester UP, 2016, 344p.


Scientific governance in Britain, 1914-79 examines the connected histories of how science was governed, and used in governance, in twentieth-century Britain. During the middle portion of that century, British science grew dramatically in scale, reach and value. These changes were due in no small part to the two world wars and their associated effects, notably post-war reconstruction and the on-going Cold War. As the century went on, there were more scientists – requiring more money to fund their research – occupying ever more niches in industry, academia, military and civil institutions. Combining the latest research on twentieth-century British science with insightful discussion of what it meant to govern – and govern with – science, this volume provides both an invaluable introduction to science in twentieth-century Britain for students and a fresh thematic focus on science and government for researchers interested in the histories of science and governance.

Dr Don Leggett is also contributing to this volume with an essay on

“Give me a laboratory and I will win you the war: governing science in the Royal Navy”

… and has co-authored the introduction with Prof. Sleigh.

Join us in congratulating our colleague!

For a complete table of contents and to purchase this book, please refer to the publisher’s website.