Janet Browne is a historian at University College London, specialising in the history of medicine and life sciences, natural history and evolutionary biology from the 17th to the 20th century. She is a professor at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL. Her major work has been a critically-acclaimed two-volume biography of Charles Darwin. The first volume, Voyaging, published in 1995 (Knopf and Cape), was shortlisted for the Silver Pen Award. The second volume, The Power of Place, was published in 2002 and has been shortlisted in the US for the National Book Critics’ Circle Award. She has also published extensively in the scholarly press on Charles Darwin, including his illness, the history of botany, and early ideas on the geography of animals and plants. She is now working on the history of botanic gardens.