Howard Carlton

Howard Carlton

Department of History
Doctoral researcher

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PhD title: Time, space and span of control: how could a Victorian astronomer locate a personal God in an expanding universe?
Supervisor: Dr David Gange
PhD Modern History


Having spent a number of years as an IT Consultant, Howard Carlton has recently moved into the rather different world of academia.  In 2013 he was awarded an MA in the History of Christianity by the University of Birmingham and he is currently studying for a PhD in Modern History at the same institution. 

His thesis will explore a number of nineteenth-century astronomical controversies in order to examine the relationship between the respective epistemological statuses of religion, metaphysics and science. It will also consider the development of the discipline of astronomy during the nineteenth century and reflect on the extent to which it influenced, and was influenced by, the changing cultural, educational, social and political contexts of Victorian society.