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Last Name
Independent Scholar
Website URL
science, cosmetics, beauty, radium, uranium, electricity, health, leisure
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About Me

Lucy Jane Santos is a writer with a particular interest in the science behind the history of cosmetics.

Santos’s first book Half Lives: The Unlikely History of Radium (Icon Books, 2020) examined the fascinating, curious and sometimes macabre story of the highly desirable element taking readers on an enjoyable journey into the odd areas where science and consumerism touch.

Lucy grew up in Norwich before attending UCL to graduate in Egyptian Archaeology. Since then she has received a MA in Museum Management, a MRes in Modern British History and a Diploma in Journalism.

She has been a judge for the Historical Writers’ Association Non-Fiction Crown, the recipient of the Stephen Joseph Research Award and is the Non-Fiction Writer In Residence for the Stay-at-Home! International Literature Festival (2020). Lucy has appeared as an occasional contributor on TV and radio, and her historical research has been featured by 404 Ink, History Today, The TelegraphThe Scotsman and the Daily Express.

Lucy also works as a freelance historical researcher and consultant.


Recent Publications

Half Lives: The Unlikely History of Radium (Icon Books Ltd: 2020)

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United Kingdom
Expertise by Geography
United Kingdom, United States
Expertise by Chronology
Ancient, Medieval, Pre-17th century, 17th century, 18th century, 19th century, Early Modern, Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Food History, Gender, Material Culture, Medicine, Museums, Public History, Science, Sports, Technology, Women, World War I