Robert Bud

The Science Museum

Principal Researcher

Robert Bud is the Research Keeper at the Science Museum in London. His current focus is on the history of Applied Science from the Fall of the Bastille to the Raising of the Iron Curtain. In 2008/9 he worked with Professor Peter Hennessy on the lecture series subsequently published by the British Academy on the politics of energy. His publications include monographs on the history of biotechnology and of penicillin.. He has been a visiting Professorial Fellow in the Department of History at Queen Mary University of London, The Sarton Professor at the University of Ghent and is a winner of the Bunge Prize for the History of Scientific Instruments. He is a past council member of both the Society for the History of Technology and the British Society for the History of Science.

Relevant Publications

“Timeline of UK Civil Nuclear Energy” with Peter Hennessy, British Academy Review, Issue 13, June 2009, 10-18
Penicillin: Triumph and Tragedy (Oxford: OUP, 2007, paperback ed. 2009)
Cold War Hot Science: Applied Research in Britain’s Defence Establishments, 1945-1990 (Amsterdam: Harwood, 1999), edited with Philip Gummett
The Uses of Life: A History of Biotechnology (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993, pbk 1994)