Who is Who
Robert Bud

Robert Bud

Robert Bud is an historian of science, technology and medicine. Also the Keeper of Science and Medicine at the Science Museum, he has worked at the Museum in a variety of roles, for 30 years. He was educated in Liberal Studies in Science in Manchester, one of the world’s first science studies departments, and in the History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania where he took his doctorate. Fascinated by the process of story telling in the Museum medium he has directed the development of major narrative and collections based websites at the Science Museum as well as several major exhibitions. An interest in the faith placed in science as a solution to major practical problems has been a unifying concern linking Dr Bud's studies of the history of chemistry, instruments, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals. His major publications are his three authored books, Science versus Practice: Chemistry in Victorian Britain (1984) coauthored with G K Roberts; The Uses of Life: A History of Biotechnology (1994);Penicillin: Triumph and Tragedy (2007); and Instruments of Science: An Historical Encyclopedia (1998), coedited with Deborah Warner. He is currently studying the history of the dream of ‘applied science’.

On behalf of the Science Museum Robert Bud serves as a project advisor for the Virtual Exhibit.