Dr Michael A. Finn

Dr Michael A. Finn


I joined the School as Lecturer in History of Science at the start of the 2013/14 academic year, and from June 2014 took over as Director of the Museum of the History of Science, Technology & Medicine. Prior to this, I studied natural sciences as an undergraduate, before completing my MA and PhD in the Centre for History and Philosophy of Science at Leeds. I finished my thesis in 2012, on the subject of the West Riding Lunatic Asylum and the development of the neurosciences in the late nineteenth century, and have since worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the LAHRI and Assistant Curator at University of Aberdeen Museums.


  • Director of the Centre for History & Philosophy of Science
  • Director of the Museum of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine

Research interests

My research focuses on the sciences of mind and brain from the eighteenth century to the present, with particular emphasis on the relationship between psychiatry and neurology, and the role of asylums and other institutions in the development of scientific medicine. I'd be delighted to hear from anyone wanting to talk about research in those areas, or anything to do with the museum.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for History and Philosophy of Science
  • History and Philosophy of Science

Current postgraduate researchers

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>