The HPS Podcast - Conversations from History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science

S1 Ep 6 - Fallon Mody on Scientific Biography

July 06, 2023 HPS@UniMelb Samara Greenwood and Indigo Keel Season 1 Episode 6
S1 Ep 6 - Fallon Mody on Scientific Biography
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The HPS Podcast - Conversations from History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science
S1 Ep 6 - Fallon Mody on Scientific Biography
Jul 06, 2023 Season 1 Episode 6
HPS@UniMelb Samara Greenwood and Indigo Keel

On this episode Samara interviews Dr Fallon Mody, Historian of Medicine and Metascience researcher at the University of Melbourne, on the topic of Biography.

For non-historians, scientific biography is likely thought of as a straightforward telling of a celebrated individual’s life history, like Albert Einstein or Marie Curie. 

However, historians find biography - as a research tool - is better put to a broader range of uses. 

For example, Fallon has used group biographies in her own research investigating the role of migrant and refugee doctors in shaping urban and regional medicine in Australia during the early 20th century.

In today’s episode Fallon draws our attention to the range of ways biography can be used as a valuable research tool – especially in recovering important stories of women, indigenous, and non-elites in the history of science and medicine.

A transcript of the interview can be found here: https://www.hpsunimelb.org/post/episode-6-transcript

Below are some resources mentioned by Fallon in the interview:

Thanks for listening to The HPS Podcast with your current hosts, Samara Greenwood and Carmelina Contarino. You can find more about us on our blog, website, bluesky, twitter, instagram and facebook feeds. This podcast would not be possible without the support of School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. www.hpsunimelb.org

Show Notes

On this episode Samara interviews Dr Fallon Mody, Historian of Medicine and Metascience researcher at the University of Melbourne, on the topic of Biography.

For non-historians, scientific biography is likely thought of as a straightforward telling of a celebrated individual’s life history, like Albert Einstein or Marie Curie. 

However, historians find biography - as a research tool - is better put to a broader range of uses. 

For example, Fallon has used group biographies in her own research investigating the role of migrant and refugee doctors in shaping urban and regional medicine in Australia during the early 20th century.

In today’s episode Fallon draws our attention to the range of ways biography can be used as a valuable research tool – especially in recovering important stories of women, indigenous, and non-elites in the history of science and medicine.

A transcript of the interview can be found here: https://www.hpsunimelb.org/post/episode-6-transcript

Below are some resources mentioned by Fallon in the interview:

Thanks for listening to The HPS Podcast with your current hosts, Samara Greenwood and Carmelina Contarino. You can find more about us on our blog, website, bluesky, twitter, instagram and facebook feeds. This podcast would not be possible without the support of School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. www.hpsunimelb.org

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