Professor Ulf Schmidt

Ulf Schmidt is Professor of Modern History, Director of the Centre for the History of Medicine, Ethics and Medical Humanities at the University of Kent, and principle investigator on the Wellcome Trust funded Porton Down Project. Professor Schmidt is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He was previously Wellcome Trust Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, and Senior Associate Member of St Antony’s College, Oxford University. In 2004 Professor Schmidt was appointed by HM Coroner for Wiltshire and Swindon as one of the principle expert witnesses on informed consent in the Inquest looking into the death of Leading Aircraftman Ronald Maddison, a British serviceman, who died after being exposed to the nerve agent Sarin in 1953.

His work has looked at the history of European eugenics and racial hygiene, especially in relation to Germany and Britain in the 19th and 20th centuries, and the history of the Nazi ‘euthanasia’ programme, the killing of mentally and handicapped patients during the Third Reich. He has published widely on the history of medicine during the Third Reich, the history of human experimentation, the Nuremberg Doctors’ Trial and the Nuremberg Code, and the history of medical film. His work is embedded in the historiographical tradition of social and political historians, historians of medicine and medical humanities as well as scholars of cultural history and history of science.

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Dr Julie Anderson 

Dr Anderson is a Senior Lecturer in the History of Modern Medicine at the University of Kent. She completed her undergraduate studies in Australia and came to Leicester where she finished her PhD in 2001. In that year, she was appointed to a Research Fellowship at the University of Manchester where she worked until 2009 when she was appointed Senior Lecturer in the History of Modern Medicine at the University of Kent.

Her research interests cover the history of medicine in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. She is particularly interested in the cultural and social history of physical disabilities and blindness, and is currently completing a monograph on a medical history of blindness 1900-1950. Dr Anderson also researches war and medicine and has just completed a monograph on rehabilitation in the Second World War. In addition, she has written on medical technologies, particularly those for people with disabilities. Dr Anderson has worked with a number of partners to promote awareness of the history of disability, including the Royal College of Physicians. She is Chair of the Disability History Group and also co-editor of a series on the history of disability with Manchester University Press.

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Dr Claire L. Jones 

Dr Claire L. Jones is Lecturer in the History of Medicine and Deputy Director of the Centre for the History of Medicine, Ethics and Medical Humanities at the University of Kent. Claire completed her PhD in the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science at the University of Leeds in collaboration with the Thackray Medical Museum in 2010, before returning in 2012 to become the new Director of the Museum of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at Leeds. More about the Museum can be found here. Previously she was learning and access officer at the Infirmary Museum, University of Worcester. She is visiting fellow at the Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Warwick, and the Centre for the History and Philosophy of Science and the University of Leeds.

Her research centres on the cultural, economic and social history of medicine and health in Britain post 1750, with particular emphases on the relationship between medicine and commerce, and ways in which this relationship affects professional social structures, consumption and material culture. She has published numerous articles on this topic and her first monograph on the development of the British surgical instrument industry titled The Medical Trade Catalogue in Britain, 1870-1914 was published in 2013 by Pickering & Chatto.

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Dr Stefan Goebel

Dr Stefan Goebel is a reader in the School of History at the University of Kent and Director of the Centre for the Study of War, Propaganda and Society. His books include The Great War and Medieval Memory: War, Remembrance and Medievalism in Britain and German, 1914-1940 (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and Cities into Battlefields: Metropolitan Scenarios, Experiences and Commemorations of Total War (Ashgate, 2011). He is currently completing a new book (together with Mark Connelly) on the history and memory of the battles of Ypres, to be published by Oxford University Press. In addition, he is working on a comparative study of the commemoration of the bombing of Coventry and Dresden.

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(Visiting) Professor Jonathan Moreno

Jonathan D. Moreno is the David and Lyn Silfen University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania where he is one of sixteen Penn Integrates Knowledge professors. At Penn he is also Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, of History and Sociology of Science, and of Philosophy. His latest book is Impromptu Man: J.L. Moreno and the Origins of Psychodrama, Encounter Culture, and the Social Network (2014), which Amazon called a ‘#1 hot new release.’ Among his previous books are The Body Politic, which was named a Best Book of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews, Mind Wars (2012), and Undue Risk (2000). He has published hundreds of papers, articles, reviews and op-eds.

Professor Moreno is also a Visiting Professor of the School of History, University of Kent.

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Charlie Hall

Charlie Hall is a researcher and assistant lecturer in the School of History at the University of Kent. His PhD (submitted August 2016) is entitled ‘British Exploitation of German Science and Technology from War to Post-War, 1943-1948’. His research interests include Anglo-German relations, the early Cold War and the intersection between technology, the military and intelligence.

Markus Wahl 

Markus Wahl is a final year PhD candidate and assistant lecturer at the University of Kent. His dissertation (due for submission in autumn 2016) is entitled ‘Treatments of the Past: Medical Memories and Experiences in Postwar East Germany’. Markus’ research interests include medical, Cold War, socialist and East German history with particular attention to memory studies and interdisciplinary approaches.

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Russell Moul

Russell is a PhD Candidate and Assistant Lecturer in the School of History at the University of Kent. During his undergraduate degree, Russell became interested in the history of medicine and medical ethics, which led him to complete an MSc course on the History of Science, Medicine and Technology at Imperial College for which he received a scholarship from the Wellcome Trust. Since then, he has worked as a Researcher for VERTIC, a NGO which specialises in supporting, developing and verifying international agreements concerning arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation. 

Russell’s current working thesis title is ‘Above all, do not harm? Doctors, Torture and Coercion in Colonial Counterinsurgency’. This project provides a cross-cultural study of medical experts who were operating around and actively involved in state sponsored programmes aimed at the suppression and interrogation of ‘rebellious types’ during the 1950s. This study will contextualise the complex history concerning the practice of torture, the medical community and the armed forces in British Kenya and French Algeria, situating this within a broader historiographic framework related to the history of medical ethics and the dual obligation dilemma.