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The Secret History of Biological Warfare
Professor Brian Balmer, Department of Science and Technology Studies, University College London

Biological warfare
  • Tuesday 9 June 2015, 6.30PM to 7.45pm
  • Free admission
    No booking required
  • Berrick Saul Building, University of York (map|getting to campus)


Wheelchair accessible.

Event details

The use of disease as a weapon of war can be traced back to antiquity, but it was only in the twentieth century that nations invested huge effort and money into secret, organised research programmes to develop biological weapons.  This talk will explore this hidden history and how our understanding of the past might inform current debate about controlling these weapons.

Speaker biography

Brian Balmer is Professor of Science Policy Studies in the Department of Science and Technology Studies, University College London.   His work combines historical and sociological approaches to understanding the relationship between science and politics.  He is author of Britain and Biological Warfare: Expert Advice and Science Policy, 1935-65 and Secrecy and Science: A Historical Sociology of Biological and Chemical Warfare.

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