I am particularly interested in visual cultures of science — from early Islamic ophthalmology to contemporary astrophysics — and in the history of scientific collecting — from early modern wunderkammern to present day datasets. History of science, like science itself, spans a vast field of material culture, international collaborations and complex processes: it takes place in exhibitions, museums and laboratories as well as in publications and archives. Methodologies developed in history and philosophy of science are vital keys to understanding many areas of human endeavour and intellectual development; highly productive ways to get from epistemology to aesthetics and back.

History of Science Technology + Medicine

Image, Data and the Mathematical Sublime

Painting by Numbers: Image, Data and the Mathematical Sublime in Late Twentieth Century Astrophysics, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (May 2006)   Very large data sets are ‘collections’ too: in an increasingly digital world,
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Charles Darwin Trust

Looking With Darwin, for the Darwin and Twentieth Century Culture working group convened by the Darwin Trust (Wellcome Trust, 2005)   A closed consultation on developing Down House and other outreach activities of the Darwin Trust, this event
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You are Here: The Design of Information

You Are Here: The Design of Information, Curatorial Advisor, Design Museum, London (2005)   Curatorial Advisor to Lead Curator James Peto concerning overall exhibition structure and science content on this important exhibition looking at information design and graphics;
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From Le Musée des Sciences to the Science Museum

From Le Musée des Sciences to the Science Museum: fifteen years of evolving methodologies in the art-science interface: Doctoral Thesis, School of Art Architecture and Design, LMU (2004) An analytical reflection on my intellectual and professional trajectory from site
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NESTA Fellowship

Fellow, National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (2004 to 2007)   Three year Senior Fellowship awarded by closed nomination for research exploring observational practice across scientific disciplines — astronomy, particle physics, spectroscopy, ophthalmology — and identifying
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Consultant: Science Museum

Consultant to the Science Museum, London (2003 to 2004)   The revival of national museums as research centres, and an increasing recognition of museum culture as inherently a research culture, has been an important feature of the last
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Consultant: Wellcome Trust

Consultant to the Wellcome Trust, London (2003 to 2004) I have been a judge of the Wellcome Trust SciArt Research and Production Grants and also participated in the international development workshop exploring the form and direction of what
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Development Manager, Royal Society

Manager, Development Office, the Royal Society, London (2002 to 2003)   Successful fundraising is always closely connected to exciting ideas — and is vital to enabling ideas to become form. Having been effective in convincing a variety of
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Dennis Rosen Memorial Trust

Founding Trustee, Dennis Rosen Memorial Trust for Art and Science (2000 to 2003)   My governance experience of this art-science educational trust extended to the creation of a lecture series portfolio for our partnership with the Royal Institution
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