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S055. Putting knowledge to war: research, development and the image of science in the First World War
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Thu 25 July, 09:00–12:30 ▪ Uni Place 4.204
Symposium organisers:
Don Leggett | University of Kent, United Kingdom
Roy MacLeod | University of Sydney, Australia
Thu 25 July, 09:00–10:30Uni Place 4.204
Chair: Don Leggett | University of Kent, United Kingdom
Roy MacLeod | University of Sydney, Australia
Jeffrey Johnson | Villanova University, United States
Peter Reed | Independent Researcher, United Kingdom
Heather Perry | University of North Carolina at Charlotte, United States
Thu 25 July, 11:00–12:30Uni Place 4.204
Chair: Roy MacLeod | University of Sydney, Australia
Don Leggett | University of Kent, United Kingdom
Robert Bud | Science Museum, London, United Kingdom
Klaus Staubermann | National Museums Scotland, United Kingdom
Commentary: Steven A. Walton | Michigan Technological University, United States
Symposium abstract

Many histories of science, technology and medicine in the First World War begin by identifying that the coming of conflict in 1914 provided a stimulus - for the organisation and, importantly, funding - of scientific, engineering and medical research and development. This picture of the relationship between war and science provides an inadequate basis for understanding an important moment in the institutionalisation and expansion of the enterprise of science. Relatively little attention has been paid to the images of science offered by scientists to institutions - governments, armed forces, industry, etc. - or the images of science as perceived by those institutions. Examining the various images of science in circulation between 1914 and 1918 provides an alternative basis for understanding how and why scientific knowledge was put to war - from which new responses to the familiar questions asked of this topic can be generated.

This symposium aims to bring fresh consideration to the history of STM and the First World War. By focusing on the institutions of wartime research and development, and the images of science generated within them, we aim to consider the following.

Through a series of case studies we aim to provide a richer picture of STM during the First World War. While we do not explicitly pursue a comparative historical approach, we hope that symposium discussion will further define the experiences of different STM disciplines in a number of combatant countries.

Location: University Place 4.204
Part of: University Place