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"The selection of historian Sandra Herbert as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar by Cambridge University reflects her standing as one of the world's leading authorities on Charles Darwin.”

President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III


UMBC Historian to Help Cambridge Celebrate Darwin's Birthday


November 13, 2006 UMBC professor Sandra Herbert is spending the 2006-07 academic year as an honored guest of Christ's College, Cambridge, the place where she first began to make her mark as one of the world's most respected historians of Charles Darwin's life and work.

As a Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Herbert will help as Cambridge plans celebrations for the 2009 bicentennial of Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of his seminal work On the Origin of Species. She also will deliver one of the prestigious Lady Margaret Beaufort lectures and continue her research on Darwin's geological specimens from the 1831-1836 voyage of the H.M.S. Beagle.

Herbert's recent book Charles Darwin, Geologist, received positive reviews in the Times Literary Supplement and many other publications. The Geological Society of America gave Herbert the 2006 Mary C. Rabbitt Award, bestowed annually for outstanding contributions in geological sciences history. The book also won the History of Science Society's 2006 Suzanne J. Levinson Prize.

When she returns from her year abroad, Herbert will bring insights from Cambridge to students in the classroom at UMBC. As a professor in the Department of History's Human Context of Science and Technology certificate program, she teaches History 369 "Darwinism: the Evolutionary Perspective" and other courses on evolution and the history of science.


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