Alexandra Rose


I am a part-time PhD student studying the history of seismology in the late-nineteenth and twentieth centuries. My thesis will explore the interplay between so-called 'pure' and practical agendas in the forging of seismology as a scientific discipline. I am particularly interested in the various roles seismological instruments play in this process. 

When not working on my PhD, I am Curator of Earth Sciences at the Science Museum in London, with responsibility for collections relating to meteorology, geophysics, oceanography and surveying. I am also currently curating a gallery on early modern science in London, to open late 2019.


Research interests

  • History of science, especially earth sciences

  • Scientific instruments

  • Museums, collection and display

  • Communication of climate change


  • MSc Science Communication, Imperial College
  • MA Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge

Research groups and institutes

  • History and Philosophy of Science