Peter Hobbins

Peter Hobbins

PHA NSW Accreditation

Professional Member

About

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Specialising in the history of science, technology and medicine, Peter Hobbins has been publishing historical research since 2007. A former professional medical writer and company director, he has a Master of Medical Humanities and a PhD from the University of Sydney, where he now works in the Department of History. Peter revels in the challenges of placing complex technical, institutional and operational developments in the context of their historical places, moments and stories.

The main threads running through Peter’s work are Australian medical research, military medicine, and the role of science and technology in shaping the nation, from sailing ships to air traffic control. His two major publications include Stories from the Sandstone: Quarantine Inscriptions from Australia’s Immigrant Past (with archaeologists Ursula K Frederick and Anne Clarke, 2016) and Venomous Encounters: Snakes, Vivisection and Scientific Medicine in Colonial Australia (2017). His current research project, spanning 2016–19, is a history of aircraft crashes and aviation safety in mid-twentieth century Australia. Encompassing military and civilian archives, museums, crash sites and oral histories, this work is supported by an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship. He is also the 2016 Merewether Fellow at the State Library of New South Wales.

Peter is passionate about sharing history with a wide variety of audiences, ranging from international conferences to university classes and community groups. He has led walking groups at historic sites, launched exhibitions and featured in radio and television interviews. Peter has also been an active committee member in the Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine, and serves as one of the editors for its journal, Health and History.

Follow Peter's discoveries, impressions, thoughts and connections on Twitter: @history2wheeler

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Web: http://sydney.edu.au/arts/history/staff/profiles/peter.hobbins.php