Patrick Walsh

TA: History of Science 202, Professor Jackson

Advisor: Lynn Nyhart
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

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Patrick Walsh


I study the history and philosophy of the ‘life sciences’ in the nineteenth-century. I focus on how scientists (mostly physiologists) defined, articulated and then navigated the elusive boundaries of biological “life” and, in particular, how their metaphysical positioning related to the products of their science-making. I use hormones and endocrinology as a vehicle, or historical case-study, for thinking and talking about biological “life”–its conceptual change throughout time, and its ongoing presence as an intellectual issue in contemporary scientific debates. 


B. A., (Honours)(Class I), University of Queensland (2017)
B. S. / B. A., University of Queensland (2016) 


  • History of Science, Medicine, and Technology