Professor Steven Shapin

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Professor Steven Shapin
Reed College, Portland, Oregon: BA (Biology); University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia: PhD (History & Sociology of Science)
Position/Fellowship type:
ST Lee Visiting Professorial Fellow, 2012/13
Fellowship term:
14-May-2012 to 01-Jul-2012
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Home institution:
Department of the History of Science, Harvard University
Science Center 371 CAMBRIDGE, MA 02138 USA
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Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Contemporary History, Philosophy, Social Sciences
Summary of research interests and expertise:

History and sociology of science. Current research interests include historical and contemporary studies of dietetics, the changing languages and practices of taste, the nature of entrepreneurial science, and modern relations between academia and industry. He writes regularly for the London Review of Books and has written for The New Yorker. He was a joint winner (with Simon Schaffer) of the Erasmus Prize in 2005.

Project summary relevant to Fellowship:

During his fellowship at the School, he give a series of public lectures - at the universities of Bristol, Cambridge, Edinburgh and London – covering a range of topics including the tastes of wine, the sciences of subjectivity, and the history of dietetics. For the details of the programme, visit

Prof. Shapin's report on his fellowship in the School

Relevant Events

Related events:

Date Details
01-Jan-2012 ST Lee Visiting Professorial Fellow Lecture and wine tasting: Changing Tastes: How Foods Tasted in the Early Modern Period and How They Taste Now

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01-Jan-2012 The Tastes of Wine: Towards a Cultural History

Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge
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