Professor Anne Hardy (nee Wilkinson) MA DPhil

Honorary Professor of the History of Public Health


Anne was educated at Oxford University (DPhil Modern History) and was on the academic staff of the Academic Unit of the Wellcome Institute later the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL, from 1990 to 2010.




 Anne's interests lie chiefly in the history infectious disease, both social and scientific, but she has also taught and written on medical history since 1800. Her publications include articles in peer-reviewed journals and edited collections, as well the joint-authored works Prevention and Cure: The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (with Lise Wilkinson) and The Western Medical Tradition 1800-2000 ( with W F Bynum et al). Her monograph publications are:

The Epidemic Streets: Infectious Diisease and the Rise of Preventive Medicine, 1856-1900 (Oxford: OUP, 1993)

Salmonella Infections, Networks of Knowledge and Public Health in Britain, 1880-1975 (Oxford: OUP, 2015), which was awarded the Pickstone Prize of the British Society for the History of Science in 2016.

Research areas

  • Bacteria
  • Disease control
  • Environment
  • Food
  • Global Health
  • Hygiene
  • Infectious disease policy
  • Insects
  • Public health history


  • History

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Emerging Infectious Disease
  • Infectious disease
  • Measles
  • Pandemic diseases
  • Tuberculosis
  • Zoonotic disease


  • European Union
  • North America


  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Faeroe Islands
  • France
  • Germany
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Other interests

  • Burden Of Disease
  • Disease
  • Handwashing
  • Historical Demography
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Salmonella
  • Sanitation
  • epidemiology
  • history of preventive medicine
  • tuberculosis
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