Simon J. Schaffer

Professor of History of Science at the University of Cambridge

Simon Schaffer was trained in natural sciences and history & philosophy of science at the University of Cambridge and Harvard University. He has taught history of the sciences at Imperial College London, at UCLA and at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and Sarton Medallist of the History of Science Society. His research addresses the practices, materials and organisation of scientific inquiry between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries, including studies of astronomy, natural philosophy, technology and the physical sciences.  From 2019 he is a co-investigator on the Leverhulme Project ‘Making Climate History’. Schaffer has long experience as collaborator with museum and gallery projects and collections, is a Caird Medallist of the National Maritime Museum and member of the advisory board of the Science Museum.