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About Anna Marie Roos

Anna Marie Roos is a Reader in the history of science and medicine at the University of Lincoln.  She came to Lincoln in 2013 from the University of Oxford, where she was the Lister Research Fellow.  Roos is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London. She studies the early Royal Society, as well as natural history, chemistry, and medicine in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and publishes not only as a professional historian but also as an advisor to taxonomists. Her scientific and historical work has been featured in Nature News, Wellcome History, the Guardian and the New York Times. Roos’ fourth book, “Martin Lister and his remarkable daughters: art and science in the seventeenth century,” is forthcoming with Bodleian Library Press (Autumn 2018). Her popular writing has appeared (inter alia) in the Appendix, Art and Antiques, Endeavour, and Natural History Magazine, and the Royal Society Blog: The Repository.  She has given public lectures at Tate Modern, the Royal Society, and the Museum for the History of Science, Oxford, and curated exhibits at the Royal Society and the Bodleian Library. Roos has also been interviewed by National Geographic, the BBC’s Radio 4 Today , Making History, and In Our Time programmes, and hosted a television documentary about Newtonian alchemy for National Geographic.   She is in love with all things history of science. In Trinity Term 2017, she was a visiting fellow at All Souls College, Oxford for her next book project, an intellectual biography of Royal Society President and antiquary Martin Folkes.  She will then be a Huntington Fellow in 2017.

Department Responsibilities

I will be on research leave from Spring 2017 until September 2018.

Subject Specialism

History of Science and Medicine


  • Ph.D. History — University of Colorado, 1997
  • M.H. Humanities — University of Colorado, 1991
  • B.A. Molecular Biology — University of Colorado, 1987


  • Beinecke Fellow — Yale University (declined),
  • Kenneth E. and Dorothy V. Hill Fellow — Huntington Library,
  • Visiting Fellow, Trinity Term — All Souls College Oxford,
  • John Thackray Medal — The Society for the History of Natural History,
  • Visiting Research Fellow — John Rylands Research Institute, Manchester,
  • Short list — AHRC/BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinkers Initiative,
  • Worth Fellow — Worth Library, Dublin,


Research Associate, Museum for the History of Science, Oxford, 2009-2013 Associate Faculty, History, University of Oxford, 2012-2014.

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Research Projects

  • 2016-2020 Emanuel Mendes da Costa (1717-1791): multicultural and multinational networks in Georgian London — awarded £75000 by AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award in
  • 2007-8: Dr Martin Lister (1638-1712) a biographical study of an early Royal Society luminary — awarded £2545 by British Academy in
  • 2012: Irish Newtonian Physicians and Their Arguments — awarded £2500 by The Worth Library, Dublin in
  • 2013: The Lister Sisters: Women and the Art of Scientific Revolution — awarded £5000 by Royal Society in
  • 2011: The Travels of Dr Martin Lister — awarded £4000 by British Academy in
  • 2009: A Biographical Study of Martin Lister — awarded £25000 by National Science Foundation in
  • 2009-2012, Lister Correspondence Project, Cultures of Knowledge — awarded £100000 by Mellon Foundation in
  • 2018-2019: PI Collective Wisdom: Collecting in the Early Modern Academy, Co-I Dr Vera Keller (Oregon), — awarded £40000 by AHRC Networking Grant in

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations