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Dr Nicholas Duvall

Nicholas Duvall Office:
H451, fourth floor of the Humanities Building Extension
024 7657 3938 Ext. 73938


Academic Profile

  • 2015-2017: Research Fellow for the Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award 'Prisoners, Medical Care and Entitlement to Health in England and Ireland, 1850-2000', University of Warwick/University College Dublin.
  • 2014: Seminar Tutor, University of Edinburgh.
  • 2013-2014: Research Associate, Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester.
  • 2009-2013: PhD History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester. Thesis title: 'Forensic medicine in Scotland, 1914-1939.'

    Supported by an Economic and Social Research Council Studentship (ES/H015523/1). Awarded Faculty of Life Sciences Postgraduate Research Prize, July 2013.

  • 2008-2009: MSc History of Science, Technology and Medicine (Distinction), University of Manchester. Dissertation: 'Forensic toxicology in Colonial India, 1850-1920.' Supported by a bursary from the Wellcome Trust.
  • 2005-2008: BA Hons. History (1st Class), University of York. Dissertation: 'Asylum magazines and the patient-staff relationship in the Royal Edinburgh Asylum and the Crichton Royal Institution, 1844-1870.'



  • ‘Perceptions of prison medicine: prison medical officers and the medical profession in England 1970-1990', in preparation.
  • ‘“If experts differ, what are we to do in the matter?” The medico-legal investigation of gunshot wounds in a 1927 Scottish murder trial’, Social History of Medicine, Advance Access 11 July 2016,


  • The Manchester Medical School, 1945-2004, with James Hopkins and Michael Worboys, The University of Manchester, 2014.

Blog Posts

Book Reviews

  • ‘James O’Brien, The Scientific Sherlock Holmes’, Medical History, 57 (4), 2013, 601-2.
  • ‘Katherine D. Watson, Forensic medicine in western society: a history’, Social History of Medicine, 25 (4), 2012, 896-7.