«Contents The Department Introduction Congratulations Staff and Affiliates Visitors and Students Comings and Goings Roles and Responsibilities Prizes, ...»
Staff and Affiliates
Visitors and Students
Comings and Goings
Roles and Responsibilities
Prizes, Projects and Honours
New Research Projects
Seminars and Special Lectures
Part II Essay and Dissertation Titles
MPhil and Part III Essay and Dissertation Titles
Annual Reports of Members of the Department
Michaelmas Term 2014
Lent Term 2015
Easter Term 2015
The Department Introduction The year 2014-15 was a year of congratulations as several members of the Department achieved great success, as a result of which there is a section of this report dedicated to this on page 4.
This year we had news of research projects awarded to Jesse Olszynko-Gryn, Boris Jardine, and Boyd Brogan which will begin in the following academic year. Further details of these can be found in the New Research Projects section of the report on page 12.
Our Library has been very active this year, their full report can be found on page 33. The Whipple Museum has also had another busy year; their report follows on from the Library’s on page 39.
We welcomed several new members of staff this year, including Mary Brazelton, who took up the new lectureship in Global Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine in the HPS Department from the beginning of September 2015. Mary is an expert on Chinese medicine and science, working especially on immunology and public health in the twentieth century. Efram Sera-Shriar was appointed to the one-year post as Research Associate in History of Modern Science, also starting in September 2015. He will be lecturing and supervising on a range of topics in nineteenth and twentieth century science while Helen Curry and Jim Secord are on leave.
We also welcome David Crawford, who will be a Research and Teaching Associate working in the Philosophy of Science and Bioethics. Sarah Bull, Agnieszka Doroszuk, Jo Edge, Rosanna Evans, Jenny Mathiasson, Clare Matthews and Samuel Murison also joined the Department in this year.
We said goodbye to Andrew Buskell, Marion Godman, Clare Griffin, Beth Hannon, Ruth Horry, Eóin Phillips and Sophie Waring. Tiago Mata and his team also left, moving to UCL in January 2015, so we say farewell to Tiago, Tomas Undurraga, Scott Anthony and Andrea Salter. Although Scott is now working in Singapore and Andrea has now taken up the position of Research Facilitator for our School, so we will continue to work closely with her.
The final note should mention the REF results, which were announced in December 2014. The Department was ranked second in the country to Oxford's Faculty of Philosophy. According to the REF 2014 'Power Indicator', which aggregates all three of the categories (Outputs, Impact, Environment); HPS is particularly strong in terms of 'Impact' (the new category introduced by HEFCE for the RAE 2014). HPS also had the largest submission by number of people (35) apart from Oxford (71.5). Taking this weighting into consideration, HPS was ranked second in the UK for all categories with 71.3% of 'outputs' (publications) ranked either as 4* ('world leading') or 3* ('internationally excellent').
Our successes speak for themselves and we continue to thrive. It is all thanks to our members of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, the world-class Whipple Museum and the unrivalled Whipple Library that mean we remain a major centre for research and teaching in History of Medicine with an outstanding international reputation.
Staff and Students gather to celebrate the launch of Nick Hopwood’s book at Peterhouse Congratulations The year began with the announcement that Jenny Bangham was awarded the 2014 Marc-Auguste Pictet Prize in the history of the life sciences in the twentieth century for her PhD thesis, written in HPS, on "Blood groups and the rise of human genetics in mid-twentieth-century Britain". Now at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, Jenny is also an affiliated research scholar in HPS.
This was followed in October with news of Andreas Sommer starting a fellowship at Churchill; Jonathan Birch, who completed his PhD at HPS, won a 2014 Philip Leverhulme Prize for Philosophy; and congratulations to Ayesha Nathoo, another of our affiliated scholars, who was awarded a Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship to work for three years at the Centre for Medical History, University of Exeter on "Cultivating Relaxation in Twentieth-Century Britain". Ayesha will also be a collaborator on the Hubbub project at Wellcome Collection (London) - an exploration of rest and busyness - led by Felicity Callard.
In November, it was announced that Helen Macdonald, long-time friend and associate of the department, won the two Costa prizes and Samuel Johnson Prize for her book, H is for Hawk. The latter prize is awarded annually for the best non-fiction book in the English language. In the same month, Sachiko Kusukawa won the Pfizer Award for her book, Picturing the Book of Nature. The prize is awarded annually by the Society for the best academic book in the entire field.
In early December 2014, we heard the excellent news that Steve John and Helen Curry were each awarded a CSAH/CSHSS Early Career Fellowship at CRASSH for a term during the coming (2015-2016) academic year.
In March 2015, congratulations were given to Jo Edge, Assistant Editor on the Casebooks Project, on being elected as a Research Associate at Hughes Hall. Allison Ksiazkiewicz, who was one of our PhDs, was awarded a fellowship on "Archetypes of Nature: Visualizing Geological Landscape during the British Enlightenment" at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.
Caitlin Wylie was appointed in May 2015 as a tenure-track assistant professor in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Caitlin completed her PhD at Cambridge in 2013 and has published widely, including a recent article ‘The artist’s piece is already in the stone’: Constructing creativity in paleontology laboratories” in Social Studies of Science.
There were further congratulations for Sachiko Kusukawa, as she was awarded the title of Honorary Professor of History of Science by the General Board of the University of Cambridge, on the recommendation of the HPS Board. Sachiko has been a mainstay of our teaching and research profile for many years, and it is wonderful news that her many contributions have been recognised in this way.
In September, Hannah Newton, previously a postdoctoral assistant in the Department was awarded the European Association for the History of Medicine and Health (EAHMH) 2015 Book Prize for The Sick Child in Early Modern England (OUP). The Prize is granted to the best medical history monograph published in the last two years, on any aspect or period of medical history in Europe or the wider world.
We were also very pleased to hear that Martin Rudwick was awarded the BSHS Dingle prize for his book Earth's Deep History and Jim Secord got an honourable mention for his book Visions of Science.
Comings and Goings Scott Anthony initially moved along with Tiago Mata to UCL in January 2015 but has now taken a position in Singapore Mary Brazelton took up the new lectureship in Global Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine in September 2015 Sarah Bull arrived at the beginning of May 2015 as a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow Andrew Buskell left in June 2015 after working as an Invigilator since October the previous year David Crawford was appointed as a Research and Teaching Associate in September 2015 Agnieszka Doroszuk came in January 2015 as our new Senior Accounts Clerk Jo Edge started in October 2014 as a Casebooks Project Editor Rosanna Evans started in July 2015 as a Receptionist and also took on one of the two Museum Technician roles Marion Godman left at the end of March 2015 to take up a fellowship at Helsinki Clare Griffin took up a position as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in September 2015 Beth Hannon left HPS in April 2015 to start as Associate Director of the Forum for European Philosophy Ruth Horry, who is now working at Wellcome Collection helping people engage with Henry Wellcome’s objects, left in January 2015 Natalie Kaoukji started work as a Research Associate on Lauren Kassell’s Casebooks project just before the start of this academic year Clare Matthews arrived in January 2015 as our new Library Assistant, standing in for Dawn Moutrey while she is on maternity leave Tiago Mata and his team moved to UCL in January 2015 Jenny Mathiasson is the second of the two Museum Technicians, she arrived in July 2015 Samuel Murison came to the Department in June 2015 as a Research Assistant Eóin Phillips left in July 2015 after working as a Research Associate for three months Andrea Salter, as part of the ECONPUB, moved with Tiago in January 2015, however she then went on to take up the position of research facilitator for our school Efram Sera-Shriar was appointed to the one-year post as Research and Teaching Associate in History of Modern Science, starting in September 2015 Tomas Undurraga moved with Tiago to UCL in January 2015 Sophie Waring left in February 2015 after working for four months as a Research Assistant helping Hasok Chang
Roles and Responsibilities Departmental Positions Head of Department: Professor Jim Secord Administrative Officer: Ms Tamara Hug Director of Graduate Studies: Dr Nick Hopwood MPhil Manager: Dr Helen Curry Part III Manager: Dr Stephen John Part II Manager: Professor Hasok Chang Part IB Manager: Dr Anna Alexandrova Staff Development Officer: Professor Jim Secord and Ms Tamara Hug Dignity Officer: Professors Hasok Chang and Liba Taub College Liaison Officer: Dr Lauren Kassell Chair of the Monitoring Committee: Professor Hasok Chang Graduate Training Officer: Dr Anna Alexandrova
HPS Board and Degree Committee
Chair of the HPS Board Committee: Professor Simon Schaffer Chair of the HPS Degree Committee: Dr Nick Hopwood Professors and Readers: Professors John Forester, Hasok Chang, Tim Lewens, Simon Schaffer (Chair), Jim Secord, Liba Taub and Drs Nick Hopwood and Lauren Kassell Curator and Director of the Whipple Museum: Professor Liba Taub Secretary of the Board and Secretary of the Degree Committee: Ms Tamara Hug Librarian: Ms Anna Jones General Board Members: Professor Huw Price and Dr Joel Isaacs Co-options: Drs Anna Alexandrova, Helen Curry, Stephen John, Jeremy Butterfield, Richard Staley Elected Senior Members: Mr Peter Jones, Dr Marina Frasca-Spada Spada, Dr Sachiko Kusukawa, Dr Chris Clarke
Elected Junior Members: Undergraduates: Oliver Russell (Clare) and Bethany Venus (Clare) Graduate:
Astbury (Clare) and Claire Sabel (Darwin) Philosophy Faculty Board HPS Representative: Dr Stephen John Examiners NST Part IB History and Philosophy of Science Senior Examiner: Professor Simon Schaffer (M/E) and Lauren Kassell (L) Examiners: Professor Hasok Chang, Drs Helen Curry, Nick Hopwood, Steve John and Eran Tal NST Part II History and Philosophy of Science including BBS History and Ethics of Medicine Senior Examiner: Dr Richard Staley External Examiner: Dr Jeffrey Hughes (Manchester) Examiners: Drs Anna Alexandrova, Salim Al Gailani, Marion Godman, Clare Griffin, Marta Halina and Valentina Pugliano MPhil/Part III in History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science, Technology and Medicine Senior Examiners: Professor Hasok Chang Ordinary Examiner: Marta Halina External Examiner: Dr Emma Tobin (UCL) Prizes, Projects and Honours Student Prizes Sebestian Kroupa was awarded the twelfth Annual Rausing Prize for the best performance on the MPhil dissertation of the year Joshua Hunt was awarded the eighteenth Annual Jennifer Redhead Prize for the best overall performance on the Essays component of the MPhil in History, Sociology and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine Alexander Aylward was awarded the Jacob Bronowski Prize for the best performance on the HPS Part II exams Michael Lynam was awarded the Francis Willmoth Prize for the best performance in the dissertation component of the History and Philosophy of Science Part II course Ben Taylor was the winner of the sixth Annual Peter Lipton Prize for the best overall performance in the History and Philosophy of Science Part III course New Research Projects Wellcome Trust Jesse Olszynko-Gryn, a research associate on the Generation to Reproduction project, was awarded a Wellcome Trust research fellowship to work, for three years from October 2015 on ‘Pregnancy testing over the counter, in activism and at home: Britain, c.1970–2015’.
Boyd Brogan has been awarded a Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship for a project on ‘Maladies of Seed:
Chastity Diseases in Early Modern England’. Boyd has been a Research Associate on the Casebooks Project for the past year, funded by the Isaac Newton Trust. Diseases of women in Richard Napier’s casebooks are a central component of Boyd's past and future research.
Boris Jardine was awarded a 3-year Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship to be undertaken at HPS and in collaboration with the Whipple Museum; he will take up the Fellowship on 1st March 2016. The title of his project is 'The Lost Museums of Cambridge Science, 1865–1936’.
Boris has already devoted several years to aiding the Whipple and understanding the development of Cambridge science, its buildings and its museums. His work on the Fellowship will be of very great value to the Department and the Museum.
Seminars and Special Lectures Wellcome Lecture Rebecca Flemming (Classics, Cambridge) delivered the Tenth Cambridge Wellcome Lecture in the History of Medicine on 15 January 2015 on ‘One-seed, two-seed, three-seed? Reassessing ancient theories of generation’.
Rausing Lecture Professor Jianjun Mei from the Needham Research Institute delivered the twentieth Annual Hans Rausing Lecture in the McCrum Lecture Theatre, Bene't Street on the subject of ‘Metallurgy and Chinese Civilisation: An Historical Overview’.