Professor Harry Collins

Professor Harry Collins

Distinguished Research Professor

School of Social Sciences

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I am a Professor of Social Sciences and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2012. I have writted for over 30 years on the sociology of gravitational wave physics.

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Other appointments and positions

  • 2003 - Jan-Mar Andrew W Mellon Visiting Professor of History, California Institute of Technology
  • 2002 - Apr/May Visiting Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
  • 2001 - Oct/Nov Visiting Research Fellow, Cornell University Dept of Science and Technology Studies
  • 1999 - Affiliated Research Scholar, Dept of History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge University
  • 1993 -  Mar-Jun Visiting Professor, University of California at San Diego
  • 1991-1993 President, Society for Social Studies of Science Short visiting positions at Xerox PARC (1987) and Princeton University History of Science (1983)

Honours and awards

  • 2012 - elected a Fellow of the British Academy
  • 1997  - Society for Social Studies of Science, J. D. Bernal award for contributions to the social studies of science (awarded at the Tucson meeting in October 1997).
  • 1995  - American Sociological Association, Robert K Merton Book Prize ( The Golem ).
  • 1994/5 - Emory and Henry College Virginia, USA. Book of the year ( The Golem ).
  • 1985 - British Computer Society Specialist Group in Expert Systems, Prize for technical merit: best paper at conference.

Graduate supervision

  • The nature of knowledge;
  • The nature of expertise;
  • Medical knowledge and practice;
  • Public understanding of science;
  • Artificial Intelligence;
  • Humans and machines.
  • The Nature of Scientific Knowledge and knowledge in general;
  • Public Understanding of Science;
  • The Nature of Skills and Expertise;
  • Artificial Intelligence and the relationship between humans and machines;
  • Medical Knowledge and Skills; Science Education;
  • A long term project on the detection of cosmic gravitational radiation.