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Hilary Ann Rose (born 1935) is a British sociologist.



Hilary Rose has published extensively in the sociology of science from a feminist perspective and has held numerous appointments in the UK, the US, Australia, Austria, Norway, Finland and at the Swedish Collegium for the Advanced Study of the Social Science. She is visiting research professor of sociology at the London School of Economics and Professor Emerita of Social Policy at the University of Bradford. She was the Gresham Professor of Physic between 1999 and 2002.[1] In 1997 she was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Faculty of Social Sciences at Uppsala University, Sweden [2] for her contribution to the feminist sociology of science.[3] In 2001 her book Love, Power and Knowledge: Towards a Feminist Transformation of the Sciences was listed one of the "101 Best Books of the 20th Century" published by the Portuguese Ministry of Culture.[citation needed] She collaborated for a number of years with the European Commission research division on mainstreaming women scientists in the European research system.[citation needed]

Together with neuroscientist Steven Rose, to whom she is married,[4] she gave a three-year lecture series on "Genetics and Society" as joint Professors of Physick at Gresham College London. One of the products of this collaboration was the edited book Alas Poor Darwin: Arguments Against Evolutionary Psychology published in 2000.[5][6] Her most recent books, with Steven Rose, are Genes, Cells and Brains: The Promethean Promises of the New Biology (Verso, 2012) and Can Neuroscience Change Our Minds? (Polity, 2016)

She was a founder member of the British Society for Social Responsibility in Science in the 1960s, and more recently has been instrumental in calling for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions for as long as Israel continues its occupation of the Palestinian Territories, on the grounds of Israeli academics' close relationship with the IDF. An open letter[7] initiated by Hilary Rose and Steven Rose, and also signed by 123 other academics was published in The Guardian on 6 April 2002.[8] In 2004 Hilary Rose was one of the founding members of the British Committee for Universities of Palestine, a key part of the academic boycott movement.[9]

She is widely published, having authored, co-authored or co-edited 13 books and over 150 articles.[citation needed]

Selected bibliographyEdit


  • Can Neuroscience Change Our Minds? (with Steven Rose), 2016, Polity, ISBN 978-0-7456-8931-9
  • Genes, Cells and Brains: The Promethean Promises of the New Biology (with Steven Rose), Verso, 2013 ISBN 9781844678815
  • The commodification of bioinformation: The Icelandic Health Sector Data Base(monograph) The Wellcome Trust, Public Interest,2001
  • Alas, Poor Darwin: Escaping Evolutionary Psychology (with Steven Rose, Editors), Cape, 2000.
  • Science and Society (with Steven Rose), Allen Lane, 1969. Penguin, 1970.
  • Love, Power and Knowledge: Towards a Feminist Transformation of the Sciences, Polity Press, 1994 ISBN 0-7456-1001-3'
  • The Housing Problem Heinemann, 1983
  • The Political Economy of Science and The Radicalisation of Science 2 vols (ed with Steven Rose) Macmillan, 1976
  • Rights, participation and conflict (pamphlet) Child Poverty Action Group, 1970


  • The Changing Face of Human Nature (with Steven Rose) Daedelus,pp7-20 Summer 2009
  • Eugenics and Genetics: The Conjoint Twins New Formations 60 pp. 13-26 Winter 2006-2007
  • Risk, Trust and Scepticism in the Age of the New Genetics in B Adams, U Beck and J Loon (eds) Risk Theory Revisited, Sage, 2000
  • Autogenesis' Open Letter Canadian Journal of Writing and Theory, 2000 pp2-22
  • Red Scientist: Two Strands from a Life in Three Colours (with Steven Rose) in J.D.Bernal: a Life in Science and Politics B Swann and F Aprahamian (eds) Verso, 1999
  • An Accidental Academicin M David and D Woodward, (eds) Negotiating the Glass Ceiling: Careers of Senior Women in the Academic World, Taylor and Francis 1997
  • Science Wars: My Enemy’s Enemy is - Only Perhaps - My Friend Social Text Vol45-6pp 61-80 1996
  • Disembodied Knowledge: Making Sense of Biomedical Science (with Helen Lambert) in A Irvin and B Wynne (eds), Misunderstanding Science: The Public Reconstruction of Science and Technology, Cambridge University Press 1996
  • Learning from the New Priesthood and the Shrieking Sisterhood: Debating the Life Sciences in Victorian England in R Hubbard and L Birke (eds), Reinventing Biology, Indiana University Press, 1995
  • Mutual Care but Differential Esteem: Caring between older couples in S Arber and J Ginn (eds), Connecting Gender and Ageing: Sociological Approaches to Gender and Later Life, Open University Press. 1995
  • Gendered Reflexions on the Laboratory in Medicine in A. Cunningham and P. Williams (eds) The Laboratory Revolution in Medicine, Cambridge University Press,1992
  • Victorian Values in the Test-Tube: The Politics of Reproduction Science and Technologyin M Stanworth (ed)Gender, Motherhood and Medicine, Polity 1987
  • Hand, brain and heart: towards a feminist epistemology for the sciencesSigns: Journal of Women in Culture' Vol 9 No1 pp73-90, 1983
  • Victorian values in the test-tube: the politics of reproduction science an technology In Michelle Stanworth (ed) Gender, Motherhood and Medicine, Polity, pp 151-173, 1987
  • Dreaming the future Hypatia: a Feminist Journal of Philosophy Vol3 No1 pp119-137 1988
  • Re-reading Titmuss: the Sexual Division of Welfare Journal of Social Policy Vol10 No4,pp.447-501 1981
  • Hyper-Reflexivity: a new danger for the counter-movements In H Nowotny and H Rose (eds) Countermovements in the Sciences, Yearbook of the Sociology of Science, Reidel, 1979
  • Radical Science and its Enemies (with Steven Rose) in R Miliband and J Saville, (eds) The Socialist Register, Merlin Press, 1979
  • In Practice Supported, In Theory Denied: An Account of an Invisible Social Movement International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Vol.2 No3.pp. 34-49 1976
  • Women's liberation, reproduction and the technological fix (with J Hanmer) in D Barker and A Allen (eds) SexualDivisions and Society: process and change Tavistock, pp 199-223
  • Bread and Justice: the National Welfare Rights Movement in P. Leonard (ed) The Sociology of Community Action Keele University Press, 1975
  • The social determinants of reproduction science and technology in K Knorr and H Strasser (eds) Yearbook of the Sociology of Science, Reidel, 1975
  • Up against the welfare state: the claimant unions in R Miliband and J Savile (eds) The Socialist Register, Merlin, pp 179-204, 1973
  • Chemical Spraying as Reported by Refugees from South Vietnam, Science,Vol.177, pp 710-712 1972
  • The myth of the neutrality of science (with Steven Rose) in The Social Impact of Modern Biology (ed) W. Fuller, Routledge Kegan Paul, 1972
  • General Practice complaints I and II New Law Journal,24 and 31 August,pp772-775 and 786-788
  • The myth of the neutrality of science(with Steven Rose in W.Fuller (ed) The Social Impact of Modern Biology, Routledge Kegan Paul pp 215-224, 1971
  • Pangloss and Jeremiah in Science Nature,Vol 229 pp459-462 1971


  1. ^ Rees, D., Rose, S., eds. (2004). The New Brain Sciences: Perils and Prospects. New York: Cambridge University Press. p. xiii. ISBN 0-521-53714-2.CS1 maint: Uses editors parameter (link)
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  3. ^ "Hilary Ann Rose". Uppsala Universitet. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  4. ^ Poole, Steven (2012-12-19). "Genes, Cells and Brains by Hilary Rose and Steven Rose - review". Retrieved 2018-07-02.
  5. ^ "Less Selfish than Sacred? Genes and the Religious Impulse in Evolutionary Psychology". The Guardian. 7 September 2001. Retrieved 26 March 2013.
  6. ^ Biology in an Age of Technoscience
  7. ^ "Open Letter: More pressure for Mid East peace". The Guardian. 6 April 2002.
  8. ^ Beckett, Andy; MacAskill, Ewen (12 December 2002). "British academic boycott of Israel gathers pace". The Guardian.
  9. ^[full citation needed]

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