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Roy Porter Bibliography


Roy Porter

Roy Porter, the popular and well-regarded historian of medicine, science, and the Enlightenment, died on 3rd March 2002. He joined the Academic Unit of the Institute for the History of Medicine in 1979, and helped oversee the transfer to UCL as one-time director of the The Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL. He remained with UCL as Professor, until taking early retirement in September 2001. At his death, he was Professor Emeritus and had been notimated for the distinction of Honorary Fellow of UCL.

Roy commanded several fields: the history of geology, London, 18th-Century British ideas and society, medicine, madness, quackery, patients and practitioners, literature and art, on which subjects (and others) he published over 200 books are articles. His prolific output has left a wealth of knowledge for future generations to enjoy and understand. The UCL Centre for the History of Medicine is proud to present the online publication of an extensive bibliography of Roy's work, by way of a tribute to his memory.


This bibliography lists, by date of publication, most of the work written by Roy Porter between 1962 and 2002 as well as the radio and television programmes in which he participated. It is divided into the following ten sections:

Although extensive the bibliography cannot claim to be exhaustive and we would be pleased to hear from anyone who is able to provide further material. A selection of the listed works has been placed in the Wellcome Library along with additional material related to Roy’s life and career.

The bibliography has been compiled by Dr Carole Reeves. If you have any comments/additions for bibliography, please send them to Dr Carole Reeves, c.reeves@ucl.ac.uk