UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies


Dr Simon Werrett

Dr Simon Werrett


22 Gordon Square, room 1.2
UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies
Gower Street


  • Senior Lecturer
    Dept of Science & Technology Studies
    Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Joined UCL


Werrett's work explores interactions between the arts and the sciences in the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries. His first monograph Fireworks: Pyrotechnic Arts and Sciences in European History (University of Chicago Press, 2010) examined exchanges of skills and techniques between early modern pyrotechnists and natural philosophers in Britain, France and Russia. Werrett’s current research explores the history of recycling in science and medicine, incorporating practices of material re-use, adaptation, repair and exchange. This project examines recycling in Britain and North America between the seventeenth century and the present, and contributes to a broader interest in relations of science to sustainability. Werrett also has a longstanding interest in Russian and Soviet sciences and has published numerous articles on this topic. He has also published articles on science, technology, and empire, including articles on Captain Cook, Russian voyages of exploration, and the development of the Congreve war rocket in India and Great Britain in the nineteenth century.

Award year Qualification Institution
2000 PhD
Doctor of Philosophy
History of Science
University of Cambridge
1996 M.Phil
Master of Philosophy
History of Science
University of Cambridge
1994 BA Hons
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
History of Science
University of Leeds

Simon Werrett trained in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science in Cambridge University before taking postdoctoral fellowships at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and the Getty Research Center in Los Angeles. From 2002 he was a member of the Department of History at the University of Washington, Seattle, before joining UCL in 2012.