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Professor Simon Schaffer FBA

Social & intellectual history of experimental philosophy & exact sciences between the seventeenth & nineteenth centuries; historiography & sociology of scientific knowledge; the sciences & European imperialism
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About this Fellow

Simon Schaffer is Professor of History of Science at the University of Cambridge. He has been editor of British Journal for the History of Science and Trustee of the Science Museum. In 2005 he was co-winner of the Erasmus prize. In 2013 he was awarded the Sarton Medal of the History of Science Society and in 2015 the Caird Medal of the National Maritime Museum. His research concentrates on the history of natural philosophy and the physical sciences between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries. In 2005-10 he led a collaborative AHRC research project on the history of the Board of Longitude and of the navigational and astronomical sciences.



Current post

  • Professor of History of Science, University of Cambridge

Past Appointments

  • Professor of History of Science, History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, 1970


The sciences in enlightened Europe coeditor, 1999


The Mindful Hand: inquiry and invention from late Renaissance to early industrialisation coeditor, 2007


The brokered world: go-betweens and global intelligence 1770-1820 coeditor, 2009


Trabajos de cristal: ensayos de historia de la ciencia 1650-1900 2011


La fabrique des sciences modernes 2014


Leviathan and the air pump: Hobbes, Boyle and the experimental life 1st edition 1985, 2nd edition 2011


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