Linda Bryder

Medical historian.


Linda Bryder is professor of History at the University of Auckland, an honorary professor at the Centre for History in Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and was an honorary visiting professor in the School of Law & Social Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University (2007–2009).

She is the author of A Voice for Mothers: The Plunket Society and Infant Welfare 1907–2000 (AUP, 2003) and the editor of A Healthy Country: Essays on the Social History of Medicine in New Zealand (1991).

Professor Bryder completed her DPhil in the history of science at the University of Oxford in 1985 and was founder editor of the Oxford journal Social History of Medicine. She has served on the editorial board of the international journals Social History of Medicine, Medical History, Hygiea Internationalis, International History Review, Health and History and Medicine Studies. From 1990 to 2000, she was associate editor of the New Zealand Journal of History. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the International Network for Health in Hospitals and of the Overseas Advisory Board, Oxford Brookes Centre for Health, Medicine and Society, Past and Present, Oxford. She has served as president of the Australian & New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine and the New Zealand Historical Association, and she is a fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. In 2009 she received a New Zealand Academy of the Humanities–Aronui Fellowship in recognition of distinction in research and the advancement of the humanities.