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Thomas Dixon is senior lecturer in history and director of the Centre for the History of the Emotions at Queen Mary, University of London. His research and writing have focused on the history of passions and emotions, the history of debates about altruism, especially in Victorian Britain, and, more generally, the history of the relationship between science and religion. A graduate of Cambridge University, where he studied at King’s College and took first-class honors in theology and religious studies, he received a master’s degree with distinction in the history and philosophy of science at Imperial College, London, and earned a Ph.D. in divinity at Cambridge in 2000. He taught at University College and at Birkbeck College, London, before returning to Cambridge as an affiliated lecturer and postdoctoral fellow in the Faculty of Divinity and an affiliated research scholar in the department of history and philosophy of science. He held both a junior research fellowship at Churchill College, Cambridge, and a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship. Appointed a lecturer in history at Lancaster University in 2004, Dr. Dixon moved on to Queen Mary, University of London, as a lecturer in history three years later and was named to his present position in 2008. He is the recipient of a European Society for the Study of Science and Theology Prize, a Center for the Study of Theology and the Natural Sciences (Berkeley) course award, an academic writer’s award given by the John Templeton Foundation, and a University of Lancaster research prize, as well as grants from the British Academy, the Wellcome Trust, and the Templeton Foundation. He is an elected fellow of the Royal Historical Society and an elected member of the International Society for Science and Religion. In addition to serving on the editorial boards of the Journal of Victorian Culture and of Nineteenth Century Studies and contributing papers to academic journals and volumes of collected works, Dr. Dixon is the editor of The Life and Collected Works of Thomas Brown (2003) and Thomas Brown Selected Philosophical Writings (forthcoming from Imprint Academic later this year) and the co-editor (with Stephen Pumfrey and Geoffrey Cantor) of Science and Religion: New Historical Perspectives (forthcoming from Cambridge University Press later this year). He is the author of From Passions to Emotions: The Creation of a Secular Psychological Category (2003), How to Get a First: The Essential Guide to Academic Success (2004), and, most recently, two books published by Oxford University Press in 2008—Science and Religion: A Very Short Introduction, winner of the Dingle Prize awarded by the British Society for the History of Science, and The Invention of Altruism: Making Moral Meanings in Victorian Britain.