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Dr William J. Ashworth Bsc (Hons), MA, PhD

Reader in History History


    Personal Statement

    My research interests include the history of industrialisation, science, technology and finance in England 1640 to 1850. I am currently working on a book reinterpreting industrialisation in Britain between 1640 and 1860 within a global context. I am particularly interested in the role of the state, regulation and protectionism.

    Personal Distinctions

    • The Lion Award (Student Union 2011)
    • Derek Price Award (History of Science Society 1997)
    • Elected Faculty Guest (Competitive Fellowship, the Centre de Recherches Historiques, Paris 2012)
    • "F. Datini" International Institute, Italy (Invitation to Speak, All expenses paid by Datini International Institute 2007)
    • Senior Fellow at the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology, Massachusetts Insti (Competitive Fellowship, The Dibner Institute 2001)
    • Visiting Scholar at Harvard University (History of Science Department at Harvard University 2001)
    • University of Tel Aviv, Israel (Invitation to Speak, A joint project funded and organised by the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology, MIT, Cambridge MA; the Max Planck Institute, Berlin; the Institituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, Florence; the Center for the History of Science, University of Atens and the Cohn Institute, University of Tel-Aviv. 2000)

    Administrative Roles

    • History Undergraduate Curriculum Lead 2013-2015
    • History Progress Tutor 2007-2010
    • Chair of Quality Guidance 2005-2007
    • History Exam Secretary 2002-2005
    • History Year 1, 2 and 3 tutor 1999-2002

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