David Marcus Knight (1936–2018): An Appreciation

  title={David Marcus Knight (1936–2018): An Appreciation},
  author={William H Brock},
  pages={246 - 263}
The article is a biography of the historian of science, David M. Knight. It contains reminiscences of the author's relations with Knight while he was a postgraduate at Oxford and thereby conveys an impression of the state of history of science in Britain in the 1960s. It offers a conspectus of Knight's prolific literary activity and teaching career at the University of Durham. His love of chemistry and admiration for the work of Sir Humphry Davy is emphasised. 


The Wilkins Lecture - Sir Humphry Davy, Bt., P. R. S. 1778–1829
  • H. Hartley
  • History
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series A. Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • 1960
A visitor to the Society’s apartments passes on the staircase, first the bust of our Royal Founder and Patron by Nollekens and then the romantic portrait by Lawrence of the most romantic of our
The Collected Letters of Sir
  • 2020
His talk appears as part of this issue of
  • Ambix
  • 2019
Henry thought Knight went too far in ignoring what makes science unique
  • Voyaging in Strange Seas: The Great Revolution in Science
  • 2014
which examined the post-Darwinian reactions of parson-naturalists, Christian agnostics, Incarnationalists, and pillars of the Establishment and argued that by "hearing their voices
  • Darwinism and Natural Theology: Evolving Prospects
  • 2012
See reviews by Rienk Vermij in
  • Science and Beliefs: From Natural Philosophy to Natural Science
  • 2005
Sophie Forgan admired the way the book was "peppered with the reflections of an historian who has read widely and deeply in his subject, … He loves science and he loves history
  • Making Modern Science: A Historical Survey
  • 2005
Making Chemistry Popular
  • Bulletin for the History of Chemistry
  • 2004
The book had nothing to do with the journal of the same name which had been founded in 1992 following the
  • Public Understanding of Science: A History of Communicating Scientific Ideas
  • 1985