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Robert Fox is Emeritus Professor of the History of Science at the University of Oxford, where he held the chair of the history of science from 1988 to 2006. He is also an Emeritus Fellow of Linacre College and an Honorary Fellow of Oriel College. Since his retirement from the chair, he has held visiting professorships at Johns Hopkins University, East Carolina University, and the Czech National Technical University. He spent the fall semester 2013 as Gordon Cain Distinguished Fellow at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia. He has edited Notes and Records of the Royal Society since 2008. His main research interests are in the history of the physical sciences and technology in Europe since the eighteenth century, with special reference to France. His recent publications include The Savant and the State. Science and Cultural Politics in Nineteenth-Century France and an edited volume of essays arising from the annual Thomas Harriot lectures at Oriel College: Thomas Harriot and his World. Mathematics, Exploration, and Natural Philosophy in Early Modern England. The Oxford Handbook of the History of Physics, edited by him with Jed Buchwald, appeared in 2013.
The Savant and the State. Science and Cultural Politics in Nineteenth-Century France (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012). ISBN: 978-1-4214-0522-3 and 1-4214-0522-9. The book, published in the Johns Hopkins University series, Studies in Political and Historical Science, is a history of the public face of French science from the Bourbon Restoration to the outbreak of the Great War.
Thomas Harriot and his World. Mathematics, Exploration, and Natural Philosophy in Early Modern England (Farnham: Ashgate, 2012). ISBN: 978-0-7546-6960-9. The authors in this volume, edited by Robert Fox, include Pascal Brioist, Charles Fantazzi, Robert Goulding, John Henry, Ian Maclean, Daniel Jon Mitchell, Mark Nicholls, Jon V. Pepper, Stephen Pumfrey, Matthias Schemmel, Jacqueline Stedall, Diccon Swan, and Larry E. Tise.
The Oxford Handbook of the History of Physics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013). Pp. x + 945. ISBN 978-0-19-969625-3. The authors in this volume, edited by Jed Z. Buchwald and Robert Fox, include Nico Bertoloni Meli, Paolo Brenni, Jed Z. Buchwald, Sandro Caparrini, Hasok Chang, Olivier Darrigol, Robert Fox, Craig Fraser, Graeme Gooday, Niccolò Guicciardini, John L. Heilbron, Daniel Kennefick, Helge Kragh, Anita McConnell, Daniel Jon Mitchell, Iwan Rhys Morus, Kathryn M. Olesko, Giuliano Pancaldi, Jürgen Renn, Eric Schliesser, John A. Schuster, Suman Seth, Alan E, Shapiro, Terry Shinn, Josep Simon, Chris Smeenk, Crosbie Smith, Friedrich Steinle, Larry Stewart, N. M. Swerdlow, and Anthony Turner