Academic Research & Teaching

My research is centred on late medieval mathematical sciences.  My particular areas of interest are the relationship between astronomical theory and practice, techniques of calculation and instrument-making, the relationship between religion and science (especially in monasteries), and the depiction of sciences in Latin and vernacular literature. 


My AHRC-funded PhD, awarded in 2016, was supervised by Prof. Liba Taub (pictured in the Whipple Museum of the History of Science, with object Wh.3271: "King Arthur's Table").

I have been an AHRC-funded curatorial intern at the Whipple Museum, and have held fellowships at Girton College, Cambridge (2016-19), and the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (2020).

I have lectured, supervised and examined undergraduates and masters students in the Cambridge Faculty of History and Department of History and Philosophy of Science. I have also taught on the International Summer Programme and Lifelong Learning programme of the Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education.  I am a qualified secondary school teacher, and have taught GCSEs, A levels and the International Baccalaureate at schools in the UK and Canada.

Selected publications

  • "Vernacular Craft and Science in the Equatorie of the Planetis", Medium Ævum 88 (2019): 329-60.

  • "Sacred astronomy? Beyond the stars on a Whipple astrolabe", in The Whipple Museum of the History of Science: Instruments and Interpretations, ed. Liba Taub, Joshua Nall and Frances Willmoth (Cambridge University Press, 2019), 11-32. Available fully open-access.

  • "A Merton College Equatorium: Text, Translation, Commentary", SCIAMVS 17 (2016): 121-159. Download open-access (not fully formatted) version here.

  • "The scholar as craftsman: Derek de Solla Price and the reconstruction of a medieval instrument", Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science 68 (2014): 111‑134. Available fully open-access.

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