Allan Chapman was born in 1946 in Manchester and has always maintained close connections with the North West. He graduated from the University of Lancaster, and then did postgraduate work at Wadham College, Oxford. He is an historian by training, and his particular research interests are in scientific biography and astronomy. He teaches the history of science in the Faculty of Modern History, Oxford. In addition to published research, he lectures extensively in the history of science in England and abroad, and in January 1994 he gave the Royal Society‘s triennial Wilkins Lecture in the History of Science, on Edmond Halley. During 2003-2004 he was Visiting Professor in the History of Science at Gresham College, London.


Recent Selected Publications

  • Chapman, Allan, and Kent, Paul (eds) Robert Hooke and the English Renaissance (Gracewing, 2005)
  • Chapman, Allan, England’s Leonardo: Robert Hooke and the Seventeenth-century Scientific Revolution Institute of
    Physics Publishing, 2004)
  • Chapman, Allan, Great Scientists(DVD, WagTV, 2004)
  • Chapman, Allan, Mary Somerville: And the World of Science (Canopus Publishing Limited, 2004)
  • Moore, Sir Patrick, and Chapman, Allan, Patrick Moore’s Millennium Yearbook: The View from AD 1001 (Springer Verlag, 2000)
  • Chapman, Allan, Dividing the Circle: Development of Critical Angular Measurement in Astronomy, 1500-1850 (Wiley-Praxis Series in Astronomy & Astrophysics, 1995)

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