Professor Sabina Leonelli wins the 2018 Lakatos Award

Her book Data-Centric Biology: A Philosophical Study, is praised by Selectors as "a ground-breaking, richly interdisciplinary and scientifically-engaged study that productively reframes philosophical conceptions of data" and as "carefully researched, interesting and genuinely original". Breaking new ground the book “is of enormous topical importance, and yet has been hardly addressed by philosophers of science at all", it "expands the scope of philosophical inquiry to a number of questions that philosophers have neglected: data acquisition and handling, and the transmission of data through various processes of decontextualizing".

This makes Professor Leonelli "a pioneer in drawing attention to the variety of forms and uses of data, to the importance to scientists of the modes of data production and curation."

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Date: 16 July 2018