Ken Arnold has worked in a variety of museums on both sides of the Atlantic. He now heads the Wellcome Trust's Public Programmes department, running a range of events and exhibitions in Wellcome Collection (an innovative young venue that explores the links between medicine, life and art). He joined Wellcome in 1992 after completing his Ph.D. on the history of museums. He regularly writes and lectures on museums and on contemporary interactions between the arts and sciences. He also serves on a number of advisory boards and committees. His most recent book is Cabinets for the Curious (Ashgate, 2006) and he is now working on a book about exhibitions and the public creation of knowledge.

 

Jim Bennett is Visiting Keeper at the Science Museum, London, having previously been Curator of the Whipple Museum of the History of Science in Cambridge and Director of the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford. His career has combined museum work with an academic engagement in the history of science, where his research interests are in the physical sciences, particularly astronomy, practical mathematics and scientific instruments.

 

Ian Blatchford was appointed Director and CEO of the Science Museum Group in November 2010. Previously he was Deputy Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London from 2004, having joined the Museum in 2002 as Director of Finance & Resources.

He started his career at the Bank of England and the merchant bankers Barclays de Zoete Wedd, before joining the Arts Council as Deputy Finance Director. He joined the Royal Academy of Arts in 1996 as Director of Finance

Ian read law at Mansfield College, Oxford and holds an MA in Renaissance Studies from Birkbeck College, London. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and Chairman of the Governors of De Montfort University.


Paolo Brenni (born in 1954) studied experimental physics at the University of Zürich, where he graduated in 1981. He than specialised in the history of scientific instruments and of precision industry in the period from the beginning of 18th century to the mid-20th century. He is researcher for the Italian CNR (National Research Council) and works in Florence for the Fondazione Scienza e Tecnica, and for the Museo Galileo and he collaborates with other European and American institutions. He studied, restored and catalogued several collections of historical instruments both in Italy and abroad. Between 2013 and 2013 he was president of the Scientific Instrument Commission of the IUHPS and he actually is president of the Scientific Instrument Society.

 

Hasok Chang is Hans Rausing Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. Previously he taught for 15 years at University College London, after receiving his PhD in Philosophy at Stanford University following an undergraduate degree at the California Institute of Technology. He is the author of Is Water H2O? Evidence, Realism and Pluralism (Springer, 2012), winner of the 2013 Fernando Gil International Prize, and Inventing Temperature: Measurement and Scientific Progress (Oxford University Press, 2004), joint winner of the 2006 Lakatos Award. He is also co-editor (with Catherine Jackson) of An Element of Controversy: The Life of Chlorine in Science, Medicine, Technology and War (British Society for the History of Science, 2007), a collection of original work by undergraduate students at University College London. He is a co-founder of the Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice (SPSP), and the International Committee for Integrated History and Philosophy of Science. Currently he is the President of the British Society for this History of Science.


Isobel Falconer
studied natural sciences (physics) at Cambridge and subsequently became curator of the museum at the Cavendish Laboratory. She went on to complete a PhD in history of science at the University of Bath in 1985, studying the work of J.J. Thomson, and in particular the development of the idea of an electron. She is the co-author, with E.A.Davis, of J.J. Thomson and the Discovery of the Electron (1997) and has published a number of other papers and articles on both Thomson and other Cavendish physicists. Her most recent publication is on Maxwell and the building of the Cavendish Laboratory (in Flood et al. (eds)(2014) James Clerk Maxwell). She holds an honorary readership in the history of mathematics at the University of St Andrews where she is researching the development of graphical methods of data analysis.

 

Professor Graeme Gooday - A graduate of the Cambridge Natural Sciences Tripos, Graeme Gooday is now Professor of the History of Science and Technology and Head of the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science at the University of Leeds.
His research addresses the intersection of the history of science and the history of technology in Britain in the decades around 1900, his book publications including The Morals of Measurement (Cambridge, 2004), Domesticating Electricity (Pickering and Chatto, 2008) and the co-authored Patently Contestable (MIT, 2013). In collaboration with Daniel Mitchell he recently published ‘Rethinking Classical Physics' in J.Buchwald and R.Fox (eds), The Oxford Companion to The History of Physics (Oxford, 2013) pp. 721-64.


John Heilbron
, Professor of History, Emeritus, at the University of California, Berkeley, continues to strive to be a historian. His most recent attempts include a biography, Galileo (2010), and a study of the wider context of the invention of Bohr's atom, Love, literature and the quantum atom: Niels Bohr's 1913 trilogy revisited (2013, with Finn Aaaserud). His current project is a History of physics on new principles for the series of Very Short Introductions published by Oxford University Press. Heilbron divides his time between Oxford, where he is an Honorary Fellow of Worcester College, and Pasadena, where he is attached to the California Institute of Technology.

 

Professor Heinz Krenn received his PhD in experimental physics from the Karl Franzens University Graz in 1977. Later he moved to the University of Metallurgy and Mining in Leoben, Austria, where he habilitated in solid state physics with the theme "light-induced magnetization in dilute magnetic semiconductors". In 1986 the Fritz Kohlrausch Prize of the Austrian Physical Society was awarded him. He spent 10 years as Ass. Professor at the Institute of Semiconductor Physics at Johannes Kepler University of Linz. In 2001 he accepted a call as full professor to the Dept. of Experimental Physics at Karl-Franzens-University Graz, installing cryogenic facilities with the new research focus of nanomagnetism. He was a member of the editorial board of the Journal "Physik in Unserer Zeit", Wiley (Germany) and is vice president of the Victor Franz Hess society domiciled in Pöllau /province of Styria.

 

Malcolm Longair has held many highly respected positions within the fields of physics and astronomy. He was appointed the ninth Astronomer Royal of Scotland in 1980, as well as the Regius Professor of Astronomy, University of Edinburgh, and the director of the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh. He was head of the Cavendish Laboratory from 1997 to 2005. He has served on and chaired many international committees, boards and panels, working with both NASA and the European Space Agency. He has received much recognition for his work over the years, including a CBE in the millennium honours list for his services to astronomy and cosmology.

 

Iwan Rhys Morus is professor of history at Aberystwyth University. He graduated in natural sciences from Cambridge in 1985 and completed his PhD there in history and philosophy of Science in 1989. Since then he has held research and teaching positions at Cambridge, the Smithsonian Institution, the University of California San Diego and Queen's University Belfast before taking up his current position in 2005. He has published extensively in the history of science, his most recent books being Shocking Bodies (2011), When Physics became King (2005) and (with Peter Bowler), Making Modern Science (2005). Amongst his current projects is the Oxford Illustrated History of Science. He is the editor of History of Science and sits on the editorial board of the British Journal for the History of Science.

 

Friedrich Steinle has studied the development of Early modern mechanics, of 18th and 19th electricity and magnetism, and of colour research. He has a special focus on the history and philosophy of scientific experiment and on the dynamics of scientific concepts. He holds the chair for History of Science at Technische Universität Berlin, and has published and edited, among others "Experiments in History and Philosophy of Science" in Perspectives on Science, 2005, Explorative Experimente. Ampère, Faraday und die Ursprünge der Elektrodynamik (Stuttgart 2005), Scientific Concepts and Investigative Practice (with U. Feest, Berlin 2012), and "Electromagnetism and Field Physics" in Buchwald & Fox, The Oxford Handbook of the History of Physics (2013).