Wellcome Unit Seminar, Monday 13th October

Michaelmas Term 2014 Seminar Series
‘Disease, Health, and Medicine since 1800’
Convener: Professor Mark Harrison, University of Oxford

Week 1 – 13 October

Mark Honigsbaum, Queen Mary University London

Karl Friedrich Meyer and the birth of modern ideas of disease ecology

Karl Friedrich Meyer (1884-1974) "The Pasteur of the 20th century"

Karl Friedrich Meyer (1884-1974)
“The Pasteur of the 20th century”


Mark Honigsbaum is a medical and cultural historian specialising in the history of infectious disease. Educated at New College, Oxford, and the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL, he completed his PhD at the School of History in 2007. Prior to rejoining QMUL, he was a research associate at the Institute of the History of Medicine in Zurich.

An expert on epidemics and pandemics, he the author of four books, including a global history of malaria and a social history of the 1918 influenza pandemic. His current research  focuses on a group of infectious disease experts working at the intersection of experimental medicine and public health in the middle decades of the 20th century and is best described as a study of the intellectual origins of modern  ideas of disease ecology. He am also a regular contributor to The Lancet and The Observer, where he writes widely on health, science and contemporary culture.

Selected Publications

A History of the Great Influenza Pandemics: Death, Panic, and Hysteria, 1830-1920
London: I. B. Tauris Academic, 2013.

Living With Enza: The Forgotten Story of Britain and the Great Flu Pandemic of 1918
London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.

The Fever Trail: The Hunt For the Cure for Malaria
London: Macmillan, 2001.

Seminars begin at 2.15 prompt. Coffee is served from 2pm. Please note there is no parking available at The Unit.
Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine,
Seminar Room, 47 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6PE