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Dr Daniel Wilson


Research Fellow

Email: daniel.wilson [at]


Daniel C.S. Wilson is a historian of modern Britain, with a focus on science and technology. He has degrees in History and Philosophy, and has held research fellowships in Cambridge and Paris.

Daniel is currently working on the 'Living with Machines' project hosted at the Alan Turing Institute and the British Library. Previously he was a fellow in Cambridge as part of the 'Technology & Democracy' project, hosted at CRASSH, which was an inquiry into the politics of the digital.


Research Interests:

Daniel is interested in both the past and present modalities of technology. His current research focuses, among other things, on the politics of work, data and information, as well as on 'Pandaemonium'. He has published on the history and historiography of Industrialising Britain, as well as on histories of risk and finance in the nineteenth century.

Alongside the traditional methods of cultural and intellectual history, Daniel is currently using digital and computational techniques to address some of the above questions as part of a radical interdisciplinary collaboration with colleagues at the Alan Turing Institute and the British Library.


Wilson, Daniel C.S. “Babbage among the Insurers: Big 19th-Century Data and the Public Interest.” History of the Human Sciences 31, no. 5 (December 2018): 129–53. doi:10.1177/0952695118818978.

Wilson, Daniel C.S. “Dan Bouk , How Our Days Became Numbered: Risk and the Rise of the Statistical Individual. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2015. Pp. 304. ISBN 978-0-226-25917-8. £28.00 (Hardback).” The British Journal for the History of Science 49, no. 3 (2016): 520–21. doi:10.1017/S0007087416001011.

Wilson, Daniel C. S. “J. A. Hobson and the Machinery Question.” Journal of British Studies 54, no. 2 (2015): 377–405. doi:10.1017/jbr.2015.8.

Wilson, Daniel C. S. "Arnold Toynbee and the Industrial Revolution: The Science of History, Political Economy and the Machine Past." History and Memory 26, no. 2 (2014): 133-61. doi:10.2979/histmemo.26.2.133.

Wilson DCS. Book Reviews: American Abyss: Savagery and Civilization in the Age of Industry. Med Hist. 2011 Oct;55(4) 562-563. PMCID: PMC3199666.

Daniel C. S. Wilson, The Birth of Now, History Workshop Journal, Volume 65, Issue 1, Spring 2008, Pages 252–258,

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