Peter Hobbins

As a historian of science, technology and medicine, Dr Peter Hobbins is drawn to danger, tragedy and failure. In writing about subjects ranging from smallpox to snakebite, and from forgotten scientists to aircraft crashes, he explores how our difficult pasts reveal moments of imagination, discovery and perseverance. Based at the University of Sydney, Peter’s co-authored book, Stories from the Sandstone: Quarantine Inscriptions from Australia's Immigrant Past, won the Community and Regional History Prize at the 2017 NSW Premier's History Awards.