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Current Fellows

The Science History Institute is pleased to welcome our 2020–2021 class of fellows. Fellows come from institutions around the world and study a vast range of topics in the history and social studies of chemistry, chemical engineering, and the life sciences.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, some fellows may choose to defer their award to the 2021–2022 academic year. Fellows who have made this decision as of July 1, 2020, are marked with an asterisk (*). For this reason, short-term fellows have not yet been assigned named fellowships.

Science History Institute Research Fellows

Mary Ellen Bowden | Senior Research Fellow

Roger Turner | Research Fellow

Beckman Center Two-Year Postdoctoral Fellows

Second Year

Charlotte Amalie Abney Salomon (Yale University) | Cain Postdoctoral Fellow
“Products of the Mineral Kingdom: Mineralogy in Sweden, 1750–1820”

Lisa Ruth Rand (Consortium for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine) | Haas Postdoctoral Fellow
“Space Junk: A History of Waste in Orbit”

First Year

Isabelle Held (Victoria & Albert Museum/Royal College of Art, London) | Price-Doan Postdoctoral Fellow
“Designing the Bombshell: Military-Industrial Materials R&D and the Shaping of Women’s Bodies in the US, 1939–1976”

Megan Piorko (Consortium for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine) | Allington Postdoctoral Fellow
“Library as Laboratory: Seventeenth-century Alchemical Texts”


Beckman Center Nine-Month Dissertation Fellows

Meagan Allen (Indiana University) | Cain Dissertation Fellow
“Roger Bacon’s Medical Alchemy: Occult Remedies and the Quest to Prolong Life”

Julie Bellemare (Bard Graduate Center) | Cain Dissertation Fellow
“Dazzling Like Daybreak, Shining Like Pearls: Technologies of Color at the Qing Court, 1700–1735”

Beckman Center Artist in Residence

Anna Mlasowsky
Short-Term Fellow and Artist in Residence

Beckman Center Short-Term Fellows

George Borg (University of Pittsburgh)
“The Instrumental Revolution in Geochemistry”

Ryan Dahn (Consortium for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine)
“Jewish Émigré-Scientists and their Networks of Scientific Correspondents under the Third Reich”

Hiro Hirai (Columbia University)
“Pseudo-Paracelsus: Forgery and Early Modern Science and Medicine”

Frank James (University College London, UK)
“Humphry Davy: Enlightenment Chemist, Poet, Social Climber”

Robert Juette (Robert Bosch Foundation, Stuttgart, Germany)
“Georg Bredig: A Pioneering Scientist and his Struggle for Survival (1933–1944)”

Sarah Lang (University of Graz, Austria)
“Alchemical Encipherment and Practices of Secrecy: The Example of Michael Maier’s Viatorium (1618)”

Anaël Marrec (University of Nantes, France)
“Energy from Waste: France, USA, 1970s–1980s”

*Silvia Pérez Criado (University of Valencia, Spain)
“DDT During Franco’s regime in Spain (1940–1975): Chemical Industry, Agricultural Engineering, Public Health, and Occupational Hazards”

Raquel Reyes (School of Oriental and African Studies, London, UK)
“Chemical Magic Bullets: American Food Science in the Tropics, 1902–1945”

Paul Sampson (University of Scranton)
“Ventilating the Empire: Environmental Machines in the British Atlantic World, 1700–1850”

Antonella Sannino (University of Naples, “L’Orientale,” Italy)
“Forms of Artificial Life and Models of Transformation from the Middle Ages to the Early Modern Period”

Joel Tannenbaum (Community College of Philadelphia)
“Science, Marketing and Myth: Taste and Color Perception Research in the 1970s”

Xiaona Wang (University of Edinburgh, Scotland)
“Hidden Causes, Manifest Effects: Occult Traditions in the Forging of Newton’s Natural Philosophy”

Fellow Friday

On the last Friday of each month one research fellow or staff scholar hosts Fellow Friday, a daylong chat on the Science History Institute’s Twitter account. They’ll tweet about what they do within the field and what their interests are, encouraging conversations with everyone from lifetime specialists to the mildly curious.

Want to join in the conversation? Have a question for our fellows? Log in to Twitter anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the last Friday of the month and follow @scihistoryorg. Contribute your own thoughts and questions using the hashtag #FellowFriday.