Kevin Brown Historian

History of health, medicine and naval history



Kevin Brown is  an expert on the history of health and medicine. He has written and lectured extensively at home in the UK and abroad, on land and at sea on a wide range of topics linked to medical and maritime history. He is Archivist to Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Curator of the Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum, St Mary’s Hospital London.

He is the author of

  • Penicillin Man: Alexander Fleming and the Antibiotic Revolution (2004)
  • The Pox: The Life and Near Death of a Very Social Disease (2006)
  • Fighting Fit: Health, Medicine and War in the Twentieth Century (2008)
  • Poxed and Scurvied: The Story of Sickness and Health at Sea (2011)
  • Passage to the World: The Emigrant Experience 1807-1940 (2013)

Kevin Brown studied History at Hertford College, Oxford, and qualified as an Archivist from University College, London. He has worked at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, as School Archivist at Newcastle Church High School, Durham County Record Office, and the Northern Film and TV Archives, and as Honorary Archivist to the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust. He has served as Managing Editor of St Mary’s Hospital Gazette. He has advised the New Oxford DNB on selection of medical experts for inclusion in the Dictionary of National Biography. He is a former Chairman of the London Museums of Health and Medicine and is the Honorary Secretary of the St Mary’s Hospital Association (registered charity 1066 742).

He was the first historian and non-scientist to deliver the Andrew Moyer Lecture at the US Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Utilization Research Laboratory at Peoria, Illinois in 2001.

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