One of their most recent publications is Pictures of Dorothy Hodgkin. Which was published in journal Endeavour.

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Pictures of Dorothy Hodgkin

AbstractThere are no established conventions for portraying scientific women. At the Royal Society, the first image of a female scientist was Henry Moore's drawing of Dorothy Hodgkin's hands, cruelly twisted by agonising arthritis. In her famous oil portrait, Maggi Hambling also focuses on Hodgkin's hands, thus symbolising the Nobel-prize winner's dedication to research and the importance of manual dexterity. Although Hambling's picture features a model of insulin, it is very different from photographs celebrating the discovery of DNA.

Two portraits of Edmond Halley

AbstractEdmond Halley is most famous for vindicating Isaac Newton's theories by predicting the return of the comet that now bears his name. As well as being an accomplished and ambitious astronomer, Halley also initiated important theories about the earth's magnetic patterns and suggested many navigational reforms. Halley's portraits reveal that he was proud not only of his innovative map showing how an eclipse would be observed over England, but also – more surprisingly – of his theory that intelligent life exists inside subterranean magnetic cavities.

Freudian snaps

Sigmund Freud claimed to hate being photographed, yet he carefully fashioned his public image. Always immaculately dressed, he sported an old-fashioned beard that helped to establish his status as the founding father of psychoanalysis. An avid collector, Freud chose objects for their symbolic as well as their aesthetic interest.

ReviewWilliam Harvey, an Aristotelian anatomist

William Harvey has long been celebrated as the founding father of physiology for refuting Galen and demonstrating that blood circulates round the body. Yet after his training at Padua, he became a committed Aristotelian: although strongly influencing the new observational sciences of the seventeenth century, Harvey himself looked back towards the classical past.

ReviewTycho Brahe: emperor of Hven and the heavens

Although the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe reacted against Copernicus by restoring the earth to the centre of the cosmos, he built sophisticated instruments to compile massive sets of accurate data. A skilled self-publicist, he commissioned portraits of himself as he established a new type of astronomical research.

ReviewAlexander von Humboldt: a revolutionary explorer

After he returned from his five-year expedition to the New World, Alexander von Humboldt promoted himself as a Romantic explorer. Although this image pervades British perceptions, political movements have fashioned different heroic versions of Humboldt in Germany and South America.

FeatureAlessandro Volta and the politics of pictures

An astute diplomat, Alessandro Volta secured the patronage of Napoleon Bonaparte to promote his rise to fame as an electrical expert. Reciprocally, politicians helped their own causes by presenting him as a national as well as a scientific figurehead.


Minerva was the goddess of wisdom and war, the Roman equivalent of the Greek Pallas Athene. Like all mythical figures, she was repeatedly reinterpreted to carry different rhetorical messages.

EssayOf moas and men: Richard Owen's dinosaur dinner

Victorian scientists boasted about their commitment to progress, cooperation and public education, but paleontology risked being torn apart by personal rivalries.

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