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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 currently edits Notes and Records of the Royal Society.
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. Among his recent publications are 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 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.