Dr Richard McKay is a College Lecturer and Director of Studies in History and Philosophy of Science and an Affiliate Member of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science.
Dr McKay joined the Department of History and Philosophy of Science in January 2013 on a Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship, following a master’s and doctorate at the University of Oxford and an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship held at King’s College London.
From 2013 to 2021 the Department was home to his historical research study, ‘Before HIV: Homosex and Venereal Disease, c.1939–1984’, which examines the process by which healthcare workers and gay men, among other groups, became increasingly interested in the role played by men who had sex with men in the transmission of sexually transmitted infections. The research concentrates on the middle decades of the twentieth century, with a geographic focus on Canada, the United States, and England. Since August 2021, Dr McKay has continued work on the project independently.
Why Do We Do What We Do? The Values of the Social History of Medicine
McKay RA, Pelling M, Humphreys M, Huisman F, Woods A and Okuleye Y Social History of Medicine2020;33;1;3-17 DOI: 10.1093/shm/hkz113
Patient Zero and the Making of the AIDS Epidemic
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017
1970s and ‘Patient 0’ HIV-1 genomes illuminate early HIV/AIDS history in North America
Worobey M, Watts TD, McKay RA, Suchard MA, Granade T, Teuwen DE, Koblin BA, Heneine W, Lemey P & Jaffe HW Nature 2016;539;98-101
PUBMED: 5257289; DOI: 10.1038/nature19827
'Patient Zero': The Absence of a Patient's View of the Early North American AIDS Epidemic McKay RA Bulletin of the History of Medicine 2014;88;1;161–94.
PUDMED: 4046389; DOI: 10.1353/bhm.2014.0005