Professor Allan Chapman examines the duty of historians to bring the true history of scientific achievement to the public.
By emphasizing the "grand amateurs" of the nineteenth century, Chapman debunks long-standing myths and assumptions about western scientific tradition.
Allan Chapman is a British historian of science. Chapman has been based at Oxford University for most of his career, as a member of the Faculty of History, based at Wadham College.
He is an accomplished lecturer and public speaker (including as visiting professor at Gresham College in London). In January 1994, he delivered the Royal Society history of science Wilkins Lecture, on the subject of Edmund Halley.