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Michael Hawkins

Research Associate

Research interests: Social history of medicine and natural philosophy, the passions, digital humanities and humanities computing.

Michael holds a BA (Hons) and MA in History from the University of Alberta, Canada; an MPhil in the History and Philosophy of Science from the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge; and a PhD in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine from Imperial College London. For the past decade, Michael's interests have largely revolved around Humanities Computing/Digital Humanities interests.

Selected projects



  • Project Manager & Developer, Windows on Genius (Cambridge/Sussex)
  • Technical Manager, British Living Standards Project (Sussex)
  • Technical Lead, Enlightening Science (Sussex)
  • Technical Manager, Livingstone Online (UCL)

Selected publications


'Piss Profits: Thomas Willis, his Diatribae Duae and the Formation of his Professional Identity', History of Science 49 (2011): 1–24

'"A Great and Difficult Thing": Understanding and Explaining the Human Machine in Restoration England', Bodies/Machines, edited by Iwan Morus (Oxford: Berg Publishers, 2002): 15–38

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