Robert M Young

I just learned that Robert M. (Bob) Young died on 5 July 2019. Younger scholars may be unaware of the profound impact Bob had on the history of science. But for my generation he was an inspirational figure whose groundbreaking work on cerebral localisation and on Darwin and Darwinism set new standards of critical historiography. He left the history of science mid-career, but before he did he made a major contribution to the development of social historical approaches to science. A short obituary was published in The Guardian and a longer one on the website of Free Associations, the publishing company Bob founded. Sadly, neither really does justice to his historical work, to which our discipline is deeply indebted.

Steve Sturdy
University of Edinburgh