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  • Jan Golinski is a professor in the Department of History and the Humanities Program. He came to UNH in 1990, after completing a Ph.D. at the University of Leeds and a postdoctoral fellowship at Churchill College, Cambridge. He teaches courses on the history of science since the Renaissance, European intellectual history, and historiography.

    Professor Golinski's research focus is on the sciences of the eighteenth-century Enlightenment. He is the author of three books: Science as Public Culture: Chemistry and Enlightenment in Britain, 1760-1820 (Cambridge University Press, 1992); Making Natural Knowledge: Constructivism and the History of Science (University of Chicago Press, 2005); and British Weather and the Climate of Enlightenment (University of Chicago Press, 2007). He also edited, with William Clark and Simon Schaffer, The Sciences in Enlightened Europe (University of Chicago Press, 1999). He is currently working on a biographical study of the English chemist Humphry Davy, and on the sciences of the environment in the era of Romanticism.

    Professor Golinski has held distinguished fellowships at the Huntington Library (California) and the Chemical Heritage Foundation (Philadelphia); he has also been a visiting fellow at the Dibner Institute for the History of Science at MIT, at the University of Wisconsin, and at the Universities of Cambridge and Salford in the United Kingdom. At UNH, he has been recognized by the Outstanding Faculty Award (Associate Professor) in 1998, and the Lindberg Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research in the College of Liberal Arts in 2012.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2017 Naturalization/humanizationMetascience2017
    2017 Sublime Astronomy: The Eidouranion of Adam Walker and His SonsThe Huntington Library quarterly.  80:135-157. 2017
    2016 Richard Kirwan and the Royal Irish Academy: Provincial metropolitanism and the crisis of the 1790sHistory of Science.  54:257-275. 2016
    2016 Review of: Hjalmar Fors, The Limits of Matter: Chemistry, Mining, and EnlightenmentIsis: A Journal of the History of Science Society2016
    2016 Review of: Robert G. W. Anderson, ed., Cradle of Chemistry: The Early Years of Chemistry at the University of EdinburghAmbix2016
    2016 Review of: Thomas Apel, Feverish Bodies, Enlightened Minds: Science and the Yellow Fever Controversy in the Early American RepublicH-SHEAR2016
    2015 Review of: Robert Mitchell, Experimental Life: Vitalism in Romantic Science and LiteratureThe BARS Review2015
    2014 Review of: Fredrik Albritton Jonsson, Enlightenment’s Frontier: The Scottish Highlands and the Origins of EnvironmentalismJournal of British Studies Albion2014
    2014 Review of: Nathaniel Wolloch, History and Nature in the EnlightenmentAmerican Historical Review2014
    2013 Review of: Sorana Corneanu, Regimens of the MindRenaissance Quarterly2013
    2012 Historiography in a metaphysical modeMetascience2012
    2012 Is It Time to Forget Science? Reflections on Singular Science and Its HistoryOsiris.  27:19-36. 2012
    2012 Review of: Paul A. Elliott, Enlightenment, Modernity and ScienceMedical History2012
    2012 Review of: Peter Howlett and Mary S. Morgan, eds., How Well Do Facts Travel?Isis: A Journal of the History of Science Society2012
    2011 SCIENCE IN THE ENLIGHTENMENT, REVISITEDHistory of Science.  49:217-231. 2011
    2011 HUMPHRY DAVY: THE EXPERIMENTAL SELFEighteenth Century Studies.  45:15-+. 2011
    2010 Review of: Joe Bord, Science and Whig Manners, and Diarmid A. Finnegan, Natural History Societies and Civic Culture in Victorian ScotlandVictorian Studies2010
    2010 Review of: Michael Hunter, Boyle: Between God and ScienceAmerican Scientist2010
    2010 Review of: Neil Safier, Measuring the New WorldThe Journal of Modern History2010
    2010 Review of: Peter M. Jones, Industrial Enlightenment, and Paul A. Elliott, The Derby PhilosophersReviews in History2010
    2009 Review of: Charles W. J. Withers, Placing the EnlightenmentThe British Journal for the History of Science2009
    2009 Review of: Craig Ashley Hanson, The English VirtuosoTimes Higher Education2009
    2009 Review of: Isabel Rivers and David L. Wykes, eds., Joseph PriestleyJournal for Eighteenth-Century Studies2009
    2009 Review of: Lissa Roberts, Simon Schaffer, Peter Dear, eds., The Mindful HandIsis: A Journal of the History of Science Society2009
    2008 Review of: Deborah E. Harkness, The Jewel HouseH-Albion, H-Net Reviews2008
    2008 Review of: Lorraine Daston and Peter Galison, ObjectivityAmerican Scientist2008
    2008 Review of: Rebecca Stott, Ghostwalk: A NovelScience The Scientific monthly2008
    2007 Focus: History of science and historical novelsIsis.  98:755-759. 2007
    2007 Review of: Hazel Rossotti, ed., Chemistry in the Schoolroom: 1806Ambix2007
    2007 Review of: James Delbourgo, A Most Amazing Scene of WondersIsis: A Journal of the History of Science Society2007
    2007 Review of: James Rodger Fleming, Vladimir Jankovic, and Deborah R. Coen, eds., Intimate UniversalityIsis: A Journal of the History of Science Society2007
    2006 Review of: Margaret C. Jacob and Larry Stewart, Practical MatterJournal of British Studies Albion2006
    2006 Review of: Peter H. Reill, Vitalizing Nature in the EnlightenmentAmerican Historical Review2006
    2006 Review of: Peter J. Bowler and Iwan Rhys Morus, Making Modern ScienceNuncius2006
    2006 Review of: Robert E. Schofield, The Enlightened Joseph PriestleyAmbix2006
    2004 Review of: Charles W. J. Withers and Paul Wood, eds., Science and Medicine in the Scottish EnlightenmentAlbion: A Quarterly Journal Concerned with British Studies2004
    2004 Review of: Giuliano Pancaldi, VolAmerican Historical Review2004
    2004 Review of: William R. Newman and Lawrence M. Principe, Alchemy Tried in the FireEighteenth-Century Thought2004
    2003 A legacy of enlightenmentHistory of Science2003
    2003 Producción de conocimiento natural: paradigmas, laboratorios y mapasIstor: Revista de Historia Internacional2003
    2003 Review of: David Philip Miller, Discovering WaterMetascience2003
    2003 Review of: Julia V. Douthwaite, The Wild Girl, Natural Man and the MonsterAmerican Historical Review2003
    2003 Review of: Mary B. Campbell, Wonder and Scien1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era2003
    2002 Review: Science Peace?American Scientist2002
    2002 The care of the self and the masculine birth of scienceHistory of Science2002
    2001 Exquisite atmography’: Theories of the world and experiences of the weather in a diary of 1703The British Journal for the History of Science2001
    2001 Review of: June Z. Fullmer, Young Humphry DaAlbion: A Quarterly Journal Concerned with British Studies2001
    2000 Review of: Christopher Lawrence and Steven Shapin, eds., Science IncarnaJournal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences2000
    2000 Review of: Mario Biagioli, ed., The Science Studies ReaderIsis: A Journal of the History of Science Society2000
    1999 Humphry Davy's Sexual ChemistryConfigurations.  7:15-41. 1999
    1997 Robert Boyle’s coat of many coloursStudies in History and Philosophy of Science Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A1997
    1994 Precision instruments and the demonstrative order of proof in Lavoisier’s chemistryOsiris1994
    1993 The rhetorical maelstromIsis: A Journal of the History of Science Society1993
    1992 The Chemical Revolution and the politics of languageEighteenth Century.  33:238-251. 1992
    1991 L’entrée du temps dans la vie quotidienneLes cahiers de science et vie1991
    1990 Essay Review: Experiment in Scientific Practice, the Uses of Experiment: Studies in the Natural SciencesHistory of Science1990
    1990 The theory of practice and the practice of theory: Sociological approaches in the history of scienceIsis: A Journal of the History of Science Society1990
    1989 Lost in mediation: The social component of Darwin’s scienceHistory of the Human Sciences1989
    1988 Utility and audience in eighteenth-century chemistry: case studies of William Cullen and Joseph Priestley.British Journal for the History of Science.  21:1-31. 1988
    1987 Hélène Metzger and the interpretation of seventeenth-century chemistryHistory of Science1987
    1987 WILLIAM HUNTER AND THE 18TH-CENTURY MEDICAL WORLD - BYNUM,WF, PORTER,RBritish Journal for the History of Science.  20:103-103. 1987
    1986 A HOTBED OF GENIUS - THE SCOTTISH ENLIGHTENMENT, 1730-90 - DAICHES,D, JONES,P, JONES,JNature Nature: New biology.  323:678-678. 1986
    1986 Essay Review: Science in the Enlightenment: Science and the EnlightenmentHistory of Science1986
    1983 BIBLIOGRAPHY OF ALCHEMY - FRENCH - HALLEUX,RBritish Journal for the History of Science.  16:97-97. 1983
    1983 Peter Shaw: Chemistry and communication in Augustan EnglandTaylor & Francis1983
    1982 The spreading of the word: new directions in the historiography of chemistry 1600-1800.History of Science.  50:235-266. 1982
    1981 Library and archive resources in the history of science and medicine at the University of Leeds.British Journal for the History of Science.  14:263-281. 1981


    Year Title
    2016 The Experimental Self: Humphry Davy and the Making of a Man of Science 2016
    2014 British Weather and the Climate of Enlightenment 2014
    2005 Making Natural Knowledge: Constructivism and the History of Science 2005
    1999 The Sciences in Enlightened Europe 1999
    1992 Science as Public Culture: Chemistry and Enlightenment in Britain, 1760-1820 1992


    Year Title
    2017 Enlightenment Science 2017
    2013 FROM CALCUTTA TO LONDON: JAMES DINWIDDIE'S GALVANIC CIRCUITSHistory of Science and Medicine Library. 75-94. 2013
    2011 Thomas Kuhn and interdisciplinary conversation: Why historians and philosophers of science stopped talking to one another 2011
    2010 Science and religion in postmodern perspective: The case of Bruno Latour 2010
    2009 The literature of the new sciences.  527-+. 2009
    2008 American Climate and the Civilization of Nature.  153-174. 2008
    2008 Jane Haldimand Marcet (1769-1858) 2008
    2008 Joseph Priestley and the chemical sublime in British public science.  117-127. 2008
    2004 Edward Peart (1756?-1824) 2004
    2004 Peter Shaw (1694-1763) 2004
    2004 Robert Harrington (1751-1837) 2004
    2004 William Nicholson (1753-1815) 2004
    2003 Chemistry 2003
    2003 Time, talk, and the weather in eighteenth-century Britain 2003
    2002 Conversations on chemistry: Talk about phlogiston in the Coffee House Society, 1780-87 2002
    2002 El tiempo en casa: los instrumentos meteorológicos en los hogares ingleses del siglo XVIII 2002
    2002 Esperimenti, strumenti e luoghi di lavoro 2002
    2000 ‘Fit instruments’: Thermometers in eighteenth-century chemistry 2000
    1999 Barometers of change: Meteorological instruments as machines of enlightenment 1999
    1995 ‘The nicety of experiment’: Precision of measurement and precision of reasoning in late eighteenth-century chemistry 1995
    1990 Chemistry in the Scientific Revolution: Problems of language and communication 1990
    1990 Humphry Davy and ‘the lever of experiment’ 1990
    1990 Language, discourse and science 1990
    1988 The secret life of an alchemist 1988
    1987 Robert Boyle: Scepticism and authority in seventeenth-century chemical discourse 1987

    Teaching Activities

  • Origins of Modern Science Taught course 2018
  • Origins of Modern Science Taught course 2018
  • Modern World Taught course 2018
  • Science in the Modern World Taught course 2018
  • Historiography Taught course 2017
  • Renaissance and Early Modern Taught course 2017
  • Expl/Cambridge Science Taught course 2017
  • Science in the Modern World Taught course 2017
  • Science in the Modern World Taught course 2017
  • Top/Science Magic Religion Taught course 2016
  • Independent Study Taught course 2016
  • Historiography Taught course 2016
  • Science in the Modern World Taught course 2016
  • Science in the Modern World Taught course 2016
  • 20th Century, 1900-1945 Taught course 2015
  • Top/Science & Enlightenment Taught course 2015
  • Expl/Hist of Human Nature Taught course 2015
  • Origins of Modern Science Taught course 2015
  • Renaissance and Early Modern Taught course 2014
  • Top/20th Century Science Taught course 2014
  • Historiography Taught course 2014
  • Science in the Modern World Taught course 2014
  • Education And Training

  • B.A. Natural Sciences, Cambridge University
  • M.A. Natural Sciences, Cambridge University
  • Ph.D. History of Science, University of Leeds
  • Full Name

  • Jan Golinski