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

Elected 2012

Black and white portrait headshot of Simon Schaffer

Simon Schaffer is an Emeritus Fellow of Darwin College Cambridge. 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. He was awarded the Dan David Prize in 2018 and the Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar medal of the Royal Society in 2019. His research concentrates on the history of natural philosophy and the physical sciences in European and colonial settings between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries. From 2019, he was a member of the Leverhulme research project on 'Making Climate History'.

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University of Cambridge Professor of History of Science

Darwin College, Cambridge Emeritus Fellow

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