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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.

Fellows who have chosen to defer their award to the 2021–2022 academic year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic are marked with an asterisk (*).

Science History Institute Research Fellows

Charlotte Amalie Abney Salomon | Assistant Director, Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry/Cain Research Fellow

Mary Ellen Bowden | Senior Research Fellow

Beckman Center Postdoctoral Fellows

Second Year

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 Fellow

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

Beckman Center Artist in Residence

Anna Mlasowsky
Haas Short-Term Fellow and Artist in Residence

Cain Conference Fellow

Maria Rentetzi (Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany)


Beckman Center Short-Term Fellows

Julie Bellemare (Bard Graduate Center) | Cain Short-Term Fellow
“A New Creation of this Dynasty: Enamels, Glass, and the Deployment of Color in Qing China, 1700–1735”

George Borg* (University of Pittsburgh) | Price Short-Term Fellow
“The Instrumental Revolution in Geochemistry”

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

Frank James* (University College London, UK) | Cain Senior Fellow
“Humphry Davy: Enlightenment Chemist, Poet, Social Climber”

Robert Jütte* (Robert Bosch Foundation, Stuttgart, Germany) | Haas Short-Term Fellow
“Georg Bredig: A Pioneering Scientist and His Struggle for Survival (1933–1944)”

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

Anaël Marrec (University of Nantes, France) | Haas Short-Term Fellow
“Energy from Waste: France, USA, 1970s–1980s”

Silvia Pérez Criado* (University of Valencia, Spain) | Haas Short-Term Fellow
“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) | Doan Short-Term Fellow
“Chemical Magic Bullets: American Food Science in the Tropics, 1902–1945”

Paul Sampson (University of Scranton) | Haas Short-Term Fellow
“Ventilating the Empire: Environmental Machines in the British Atlantic World, 1700–1850”

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

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

Xiaona Wang* (University of Edinburgh, Scotland) | Ullyot Scholar
“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.