Suzanne Burdon — Mary Shelley, Scientist, and her creation, Frankenstein

women and science

Mary Shelley, arguably one of the literary world’s greatest enigmas.  A teenage rebel, a grieving mother, a determined author, and a long-suffering lover of a poet well ahead of his time, she was a also woman driven by her interest in science and the moral dilemmas it presents.

As a feisty 18 year old, Shelley, who had read every important scientific treatise of the time, created Frankenstein and his monster in a moral tale that still highlights the exact scientific ethical dilemmas we face today (for example, the cloning of real human babies).

Author Suzanne Burdon joins us to discuss Shelley’s inspiration for Frankenstein and the genesis of her Gothic tale, influenced by both the Romantics and the dramatic advances in science during the early 19th century.

Mary Shelley’s story reflects many of the challenges which still face women in society.

Everyone Welcome
Bookings are now closed for this event, however tickets (cash only) will be available at the door.


Details and Cost


Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts
280 Pitt Street, Sydney


Thursday, 21 March 2019


6.00pm – Registration/Drinks
6:30-7:30pm – Talk
Light refreshments will be served before the lecture


$15 – SMSA Members
$15 – Royal Society Members and Fellows
$20 – Guests and General Entry

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