Janet Browne

Aramont Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University (USA) where she teaches the history of evolutionary theory and the life sciences. Her interests range widely over the natural history sciences. She is chair of the History of Science Department. Previously she taught at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College London and was an associate editor of the early volumes of The correspondence of Charles Darwin in Cambridge (UK).

Charles Darwin did not adopt any obvious ideology, except perhaps that of anti-slavery. However, his published work, and that of other evolutionists, led to the emergence of social Darwinism.