Paul Sampson is a historian of science, technology, environment and health, with a primary interest in environmental technologies in the 18th and 19th centuries. As a short-term fellow at the Science History Institute, he will continue his research on “ventilators”—devices designed to mitigate the perceived health dangers of global trade and the emerging industrial economy by increasing the circulation of air in ships, prisons, hospitals, and public buildings.

Paul is currently assistant professor of History at the University of Scranton, having earned his PhD at Rutgers University in 2020. He has previously held fellowships from the New York Academy of Medicine, the Huntington Library and the Science History Institute. He was also a visiting PhD student at the history and philosophy of science department of the University of Cambridge.