Robert D. Hicks, PhD. Photo by Constance Mensh, courtesy of the Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.
Robert D. Hicks, PhD, directs the F.C. Wood Institute for the History of Medicine at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, where he also holds the William Maul Measey Chair. Prior to this role, he was the director of the college’s Historical Medical Library and Mütter Museum, which received a 2018 Center grant to present the exhibition Spit Spreads Death: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918–19 in Philadelphia. Previously, he supervised exhibits, collections, and educational outreach at the Chemical Heritage Foundation (now known as the Science History Institute). He has worked with museum-based education and exhibits for over three decades, primarily as a consultant to historic sites and museums, and concurrently worked for the Commonwealth of Virginia as a senior program manager in criminal justice. He also served as a naval officer with the US Naval Security Group. Hicks earned his PhD in maritime history from the University of Exeter and BA and MA degrees in anthropology and archaeology from the University of Arizona.