PATRICIA FARA History & Philosophy of Science

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History and Philosophy of Science
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Dr Patricia Fara is an Emeritus Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, where she was Senior Tutor for ten years. She originally read physics at Oxford, but is now a historian of science and was President of the British Society for the History of Science from 2016 to 2018. She is currently President of the Antiquarian Horological Society, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and winner of the 2022 Abraham Pais prize awarded by the American Physical Society. As well as academic lecturing and supervising, she writes popular books and articles, and is a regular contributor to In Our Time and other radio/TV programmes. She is especially interested in the Enlightenment period, with a particular emphasis on scientific imagery and women in science, Her prize-winning Science: A Four Thousand Year History (2009) has been translated into nine languages, while her other highly acclaimed books include A Lab of One’s Own: Science and Suffrage in The First World War (2018) and most recently, Life after Gravity: Isaac Newton’s London Career (2021).