HPS at Melbourne, seminar

I would like to invite you to a special seminar by History and Philosophy of Science this week which will be held to commemorate the centenary of Diana (Ding) Dyason, former head of HPS at the University of Melbourne. 


1pm Wednesday 18 September,
Arts West North Wing-553 (Discursive Space)

History and Philosophy of Science has been taught in some form at the University of Melbourne since 1946, making it one of the oldest such Departments in the world. Dyason joined the Department – then known as the Department of General Science and Scientific Method – shortly afterwards, in 1950. In 1958 Dyason was appointed to be Senior Lecturer-in-Charge of the recently renamed Department of the History and Philosophy of Science. Ding led the Department until 1975 when she was succeeded by Rod Home. During this time, Dyason was also the first President of the Australasian Association for the History and Philosophy of Science (now AAHPSSS) and left an enormous legacy in the social history of medicine.

The Ding Dyason commemorative seminar will touch on all aspects of Dyason’s life, work and intellectual legacy with a series of short talks and panels from current, former and emerging scholars from HPS. 

Speakers will include former heads of HPS, Janet McCalman and Howard Sankey, historian of the Dyason family Cecily Hunter, Lecturer in the History of Medicine and Life Sciences, James Bradley, and Postgraduate Research Fellow and this year’s Greg Dening Lecturer Fallon Mody.

The event will be lightly catered. All are welcome, no RSVPs necessary.

For further information about details of the event, please contact the HPS Seminar Co-ordinator, Martin Bush, at martin.bush@unimelb.edu.au.