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Lachlan Fleetwood
Clare College | Trinity Lane, Cambridge | CB2 1TL, UK | +447946342954 | | @lachlanfleet


2015-2019 University of Cambridge, UK, PhD in History (degree to be formally conferred February 2020)
Thesis: “The Vertical Globe: Altitude and Science in the Exploration of the Himalaya, 1800-1850”
Supervisor: Sujit Sivasundaram | Advisor: Simon Schaffer | External Examiner: Felix Driver
2012-2014 University of British Columbia, Canada, MA in History (Final Grade A+)
Thesis: “How to Dissect an Elephant: Surgeons, Clergymen, Local Informants and the Production of
Knowledge at Fort St George, 1690-1730”
2008-2011 University of Queensland, Australia, BA (Hons - Class 1) in History
(Exchange Semester, University of Glasgow, UK, 2011)


Journal Articles (peer-reviewed)

Fleetwood, Lachlan. “Science and War at the Limit of Empire: William Griffith with the Army of the Indus,” Notes and
Records (accepted, forthcoming 2020).
Fleetwood, Lachlan. “Bodies in High Places: Exploration, altitude sickness and the problem of bodily comparison in
the Himalaya, 1800-50,” Itinerario 43, no. 3 (2019): 489-515.
Fleetwood, Lachlan. “‘No former travellers having attained such a height on the earth’s surface’: Instruments,
inscriptions, and bodies in the Himalaya, 1800-1830,” History of Science 56, no. 1 (2018): 3-34.
Book Chapters
Fleetwood, Lachlan. “Cultures of Regulation and Calibration,” in The SAGE Handbook of Historical Geography, ed. Mona
Domosh, Mike Heffernan and Charles W.J. Withers. London: Sage Publications (forthcoming 2020, invited
contribution, 10,000 words)
Other Publications
Fleetwood, Lachlan. “Science in India and Indians in Science.” Essay Review of Joydeep Sen, Astronomy in India, 1784-
1876; David Arnold, Toxic Histories: Poison and Pollution in Modern India; Pankaj Sekhsaria, Instrumental Lives: An
Intimate Biography of an Indian Laboratory, in Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences (forthcoming 2020).
Almeroth-Williams, Tom and Lachlan Fleetwood. “Pride & Prejudice at High Altitude,” University of Cambridge,
published online, 23/01/2020.
Fleetwood, Lachlan. Review of Simon Werrett, Thrifty Science: Making the Most of Materials in the History of Experiment
(Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019), in Technology and Culture 60, no. 4 (2019): 1102-1103.
Fleetwood, Lachlan. “Space and Place on High: Science in the Himalaya,” Viewpoint: Magazine of the British Society for the
History of Science, no. 115 (March 2018):1-3.


2019 Royal Historical Society Travel Grant

2019 British Society for the History of Science Research Grant
2019 History of Science Society Grant
2018 Historical Geography Research Group ICHG Travel Grant

2018 British Society for the History of Science Butler Eyles Grant
2018 Clare College Graduate Fellowship
2017 University of Tübingen Conference Grant
2017 Cambridge Faculty of History Archival Research Grant
2016 Cambridge University Fieldwork Fund Grant
2016 Clare College Graduate Research Grant
2015-2019 Cambridge International Scholarship (fees and maintenance)
2014 WAGS/UMI Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award (the UBC nominee)
2014 UBC History Department Prize for Best MA Thesis
2013 UBC Summer Research Travel Fellowship
2013 UBC Alice H. Sorila Memorial Prize in History
2012-2014 UBC Faculty of Arts Graduate Fellowship (maintenance)
2012-2014 UBC International Tuition Award (fees)
2011 The UQ University Medal
2011 UQ History Honours Thesis Prize (best honours thesis)
2010 UQ Arts Faculty Scholars Program (top 1% in Faculty)
2010 UQ Student Exchange Excellence Scholarship
2008 UQ Carole Chandler Memorial Prize
2008-2011 UQ Dean’s Commendations for High Achievement
2008-2011 UQ Student Accommodation Scholarship


2018 ‘Global Mountains’ (with Tom Simpson)

July 5-6, 2018|University of Cambridge
Funded by the Royal Historical Society and the British Society for the History of Science
2017 ‘Geographies of World History’ (with Stephanie Mawson and Chris Wilson)
September 30, 2017 |University of Cambridge
Funded by the Faculty of History, Cambridge and the Royal Historical Society


2020 “Imposing the Global: The Himalaya as a High-mountain ‘Type,’” Mountain ‘Global’: A Comparing
Story of the Natural Sciences in the Mountains, 16-19th Centuries, University of Lausanne,
Switzerland, 3-5 September 2020 (scheduled).
“#MakingMountainsGlobal,” BSHS Twitter Conference #BSHSGlobalHist, Online, 12 February
2019 “Connection and Disconnection in the Global Scientific Imagining of the Himalaya,” History of
Science Society Annual Meeting, Utrecht, Netherlands, 25 July 2019.
“Comparative Mountain Tableaux,” Narrative Science in Techno-Environments, London School of
Economics, UK, 19 July 2019.
2018 “Global science and the making of mountains,” Vertical Extremes: Mountains and the Modern
World, Cambridge Festival of Ideas, Cambridge, UK, 19 October 2018.
“Verticality and the global scientific imagining of the Himalaya, 1800-50,” International Congress of
Historical Geographers, University of Warsaw, Poland, 19 July 2018.
“Thinking globally with mountains,” Global Mountains Conference, University of Cambridge, UK,
5 July 2018.

“Imagining a vertical globe: scientific practice in the Himalaya, 1800-50,” BSHS Postgraduate
Conference, University of Manchester, UK, 6 April 2018.
2017 “Instruments and insecurity: the imaginative, scientific and political constitution of the Himalaya as a
high mountain frontier, 1800-50,” Global Frontiers, University of Tübingen, Germany, 16
November 2017.
“Altitude sickness and intermediaries in Himalayan exploration,” World History Workshop,
Cambridge, UK, 18 October 2017.
“‘The motion of the blood is in fact a sort of living barometer’; Altitude sickness, poisonous plants
and instrumentalised bodies the Himalaya, 1800-1850,” Cabinet of Natural History, Department of
History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge, UK, 16 October 2017.
“Altitude, science and intermediaries in the exploration of the Himalaya, 1800-1850,”
Göttingen Spirit Summerschool: The material culture of exploration and academic travel, 1700-
1900, Lichtenberg-Kolleg, Göttingen, Germany, 25 July 2017.
“Science on the Roof of the World: Explorers, altitude sickness and local guides in the Himalaya,
1800-50,” Clareity Matters, Clare College, Cambridge, UK, 4 May 2017.
2016 “Itineraries, bodies and instruments in the Himalaya, 1815-30,” Graduate Research Day, Faculty of
History, Cambridge, UK, 16 February 2016.
2015 “Surgeons, clergymen, local Informants and the production of knowledge at Fort St George, 1690-
1720,” ANZAMEMS History Conference, University of Queensland, Australia, 14 July 2015.
2014 “How to dissect an elephant in seventeenth century Madras,” QUALICUM Conference, Parksville,
Canada, 2 February 2014.


2019 “Islands and Beaches,” University of Cambridge, 2nd Year, Supervisor/Class Instructor
2018 “Islands and Beaches,” University of Cambridge, 2nd Year, Supervisor/Class Instructor
“Historical Argument and Practice: Global and Transnational History,” University of
Cambridge, 3rd Year, Class Instructor
“Historical Argument and Practice: Empire,” University of Cambridge, 3rd Year, Instructor
2015 “Medieval/Early Modern World,” University of Queensland, 1st Year, Relief Lecturer/Tutor
2014 “History, Sound & Image,” University of Queensland, 3rd Year, Relief Lecturer
“Witchcraft & Demonology,” University of Queensland, 2nd Year, Course Tutor
(Dean’s List Commendation for Teaching)
“History of India,” University of British Columbia, 2nd Year, Teaching Assistant (Class Tutor,
Essay/Exam Marker)
2013 “Science and Society,” University of British Columbia, 2nd/3rd Year, Teaching Assistant (Class
Tutor, Essay/Exam Marker)
“World History 1500-1900: Part II,” University of British Columbia, 1st Year, Teaching
Assistant (Class Tutor, Essay/Exam Marker)
2012 “World History 1500-1900: Part I,” University of British Columbia, 1st Year, Teaching
Assistant (Class Tutor, Essay/Exam Marker)


June 2014 – Sept 2015 Senior Library Assistant (Research Help), University of Queensland
July 2014 – January 2015 Research Assistant, University of Queensland, School of History
April 2012 – August 2012 Research Assistant, University of Queensland, School of History
March 2010 – August 2012 Library Assistant, University of Queensland


2016-18 Libraries Officer, MCR Committee, Clare College, Cambridge

2016-17 Co-convener, World History Workshop, Faculty of History, Cambridge
2013-14 Co-organizer, 3rd & 4th Annual Burge Lecture, UBC History Department
2013-14 Treasurer, History Graduate Student Association, UBC History Department


2017 - The British Society for the History of Science (BSHS)

2019 - History of Science Society (HSS)


French Intermediate reading competency/research language


Sujit Sivasundaram Simon Schaffer

Professor of World History Professor of History of Science
University of Cambridge University of Cambridge
+44-01223-332400 +44-01223-334500

Charles W.J. Withers Felix Driver

Professor of Historical Geography Professor of Geography
University of Edinburgh Royal Holloway, University of London
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