Helen Anne Curry

Pro Futura Scientia Fellow, SCAS.
Peter Lipton Senior Lecturer in History of Modern Science and Technology, University of Cambridge

Helen Anne Curry holds a BA in History and Science from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in History
from Yale University. After completing her doctorate in 2012, she took up the Peter Lipton Lecture-
ship at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge and
became a Fellow and Director of Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science at Churchill
College. A historian of recent science and technology, she is particularly interested in the entangled
histories of modern biology and biotechnology, industrial agriculture and environmental change. Her
current research considers the history of global conservation, in particular efforts made to preserve
the genetic diversity of agricultural crop species through the practice of seed banking. 

Curry is the author of Evolution Made to Order: Plant Breeding and Technological Innovation in
Twentieth-Century America
(University of Chicago Press, 2016) and co-editor with Nicholas Jardine,
James Secord and Emma Spary of the forthcoming volume New Cultures of Natural History (Cam-
bridge University Press).

During her time at SCAS, she will prepare a book manuscript, Endangered Maize: How a Ubiquitous
Crop Became a Global Conservation Concern
, which will chart the history of twentieth- and twenty-
first-century efforts to collect and conserve the genetic diversity of maize in the Americas.

Helen Anne Curry is in residence at the Collegium in the academic year 2017-18.
This information is accurate as of the academic year 2017-18.