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Professor Andrew Pickering


1967-70 Oxford University, Open Scholarship at Wadham College.

1970 B.A. (Physics), First Class Hons.

1970-73 London University, University College.

1973 Ph.D. in theoretical high-energy physics, and Carey Foster Research Prize.

1973-74 Copenhagen University, Niels Bohr Institute: Research in theoretical HEP as Royal Society European Research Fellow.

1974-75 Science Research Council, Daresbury Lab., Daresbury, Warrington: Research Associate in theoretical HEP.

1976-84 Edinburgh University, Science Studies Unit: Research Fellow in History/Sociology of Science.

1984 Ph.D. in Science Studies. Thesis: ‘The History of Particle Physics: A Sociological Analysis’.

1985-94 Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

1987-2001 Director of STIM: interdisciplinary graduate program for studies of science, technology, information and medicine, UIUC.

1989- Joint appointment to Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, UIUC.

1994-2007 Professor, Department of Sociology and Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

2000-2004 Head, Dept of Sociology, UIUC.

2007-2015 Professor, Department of Sociology and Philosophy, University of Exeter. Now Emeritus Professor.

Honours, visiting positions, etc

1984-85 Exxon Fellow, Program in Science, Technology and Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

1986-87 Member of the School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ.

1992-93 Sabbatical year, Dept of History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge University, England.

1993-94 Shelby Cullom Davis Fellow, Dept of History, Princeton University.

1997-98 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow. Visiting Professor, Depts of Philosophy and Information and Media Science, Århus University, Denmark (Spring 1998). Associate, Center for Advanced Study, UIUC (Fall 1998). Senior Fellow, Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology, MIT; Visiting Scholar, Department of History of Science, Harvard University (Fall 1998).

2000 Visiting Professor, Center for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities, University of Bergen, Norway (May 2000).

2000-6 Visiting Scholar, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany (June-July 2000; July 2001; July-August 2002; Nov-Dec 2004; May-June 2005: June-July 2006).

2002-3 Sabbatical year, Science Studies Unit, University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

2005-6 Fellow, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, UIUC.

2006-7 Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, CA.

2010-11 Distinguished Fellow, Institute for Advanced  Study, and Pemberton Fellow, University College, Durham University (Oct-Dec 2010).

Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, University of Konstanz, Germany (Jan-Sept 2011).

2011-12 Professor of Sociology at Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea

2011 Member, Studies of Science-Technology Governance research group, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea

2012-13 Fellow, Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie (IKKM), Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany.

2007- Member, Steering Committee, Centre for Traditional East Asian Medicine, University of Westminster, London. Editorial positions

1986-90 Joint Editor (with R. A. Jones and L. Hargens) of annual series Knowledge and Society: Studies in the Sociology of Science, Past and Present (JAI Press).

1988- Editorial advisory board of Science Communication (Sage).

1993- Advisory editor of Perspectives on Science: Historical, Philosophical, Social (University of Chicago Press).

1993-2003 Consulting Editor, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science (Pergamon).

1995- Editorial Board, Information and Organization, (formerly Accounting, Management, and Information Technologies) (Pergamon).

1995-97 Consulting Editor, American Journal of Sociology (U. Chicago P.).

1996- Editorial Advisory Board, Science, Technology, and Human Values (Sage).

2003- Consulting Editor, Cybernetics & Human Knowing (Imprint Academic).

2005- Advisory Board, REPRESENTACIONES. Revista de Estudios sobre representaciones en arte, ciencia y filosofía. Journal of Studies in Representation in Art, Science and Philosophy (Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina) (in Spanish and English).

2007- International Advisory Board, Culture, Economy and the Social, book series, Tony Bennett, Penny Harvey and Kevin Hetherington (eds) (London: Routledge).

Grants (US)

1989-90 NSF grant no. DIR-8912095, ‘Making Sense of Science.’ ($40,000)

1992-93 NSF grant no. SBE-9122809, ‘Science and the Mangle of Practice.’ ($60,000).

2002-3 NSF grant no. SES-0094504, ‘The History of Cybernetics: Ashby, Beer and Pask’ ($85,000).

2002 NSF grant no. 0135300, ‘Dissertation Research: Visualization and Representation in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Scientific Research in the United States and India,’ ($10,000) (co-PI: Amit Prasad).

2005 NSF grant for dissertation research: ‘(Un)Bounding DSM 300.3: Exploring the Negotiation of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Three Communities of Practice’ (co-PI: Anne McCloskey).



2010            Gulbenkian Foundation, ‘New Ontologies,’ €65.500, for three international workshops (beginning Exeter Oct 2010).