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Katherine Duncan

PhD student

College: Newnham
Supervisor: Hasok Chang
Advisor: Simon Schaffer
Thesis topic: A Reassessment of Lord Kelvin's Electrostatic view of the Atmosphere
Research interests: The physical sciences from the 19th century onwards, atmospheric sciences, scientific instruments, general philosophy of science, scientific progress.



  • Duncan, Katherine S., et al. "Characterisation of p-type ZnS: Cu transparent conducting films fabricated by high-temperature pulsed laser deposition." arXiv preprint arXiv:1711.07579 (2017)


  • IB History of Science Supervisor (Sidney Sussex, Robinson)
  • Co-organiser: HPS Graduate Workshop (2018- )
  • Co-organiser: "How Scientific Objects End. A Workshop." (December 2018)


  • MPhil in History and Philosophy of Science (University of Cambridge)
  • MSci in Physics and Philosophy (University of Bristol)



  • The Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust Grant Holder (2019)
  • Gerda Henkel Stiftung Scholar (2019-)
  • George Fentham Birmingham Charity Postgraduate Award (2018)
  • YLCE Postgraduate Award (2018)
  • Isaac Newton Masters Scholarship, University of Cambridge (2016)
  • Rausing, Williamson and Lipton Studentship, University of Cambridge (2016)
  • Cicely Coulson Prize for promising final year student in Single or Joint Honours philosophy, University of Bristol (2016)