Professor Joe Cain publishes blog posts on many subjects related to his research interests.

Launching the Legacies of Eugenics project

The subject of eugenics is back on the agenda for historians of science. I’ve been involved in the UCL Inquiry on the history and legacies of eugenics within that institution. My academic department has reviewed More…

Edward Turner was a Creole. So what?

A historian colleague of mine asked if I knew anything about the genealogy of UCL’s first Professor of Chemistry, Edward Turner (1796-1837). My colleague said he had heard a report that Turner was mixed race, More…

What are office hours? What’s expected?

This is more-or-less a stairwell conversation recently had about the nature of academic office hours in which students were expected to attend. Conversation about Office Hours You: Hey Joe, what are “office hours”? Me: It’s More…

Darwin in London

During research concerning Charles Darwin and Emma Darwin’s life at number 12 Upper Gower Street, London, I identified several errors and vagaries in biographical material found in standard reference works. This note communicates corrections and More…

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