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Katherine Duncan

PhD Student

College: Newnham
Supervisor: Hasok Chang
Advisor: Simon Schaffer
Thesis: Influence & Instrument: Understanding The Electrical Atmosphere in the Long 19th Century
Research interests: The physical sciences from the 19th century onwards, atmospheric sciences, scientific instruments, general philosophy of science, scientific progress.




  • IB History of Science Supervisor (2018-2021)
  • Part 2 Paper 2 Modern Sciences and Techniques Supervisor (2020)
  • Co-organiser: HPS Graduate Workshop (2018-2019)
  • 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)



  • Gerda Henkel Stiftung Scholar (2019-2021)
  • The Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust Grant Holder (2019, 2020)
  • 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 most promising final year student in Single or Joint Honours philosophy, University of Bristol (2016)