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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)


The list below shows Durham University research staff who are members of IMEMS. Click the member's name to see a more detailed biography and department.

We also welcome anyone from outside the University with an interest in our work to join. Membership is free of charge. You will receive invitations to our programme of events, with a weekly emails digest about what is happening in the Insitute and further afield. To join IMEMS contact:

Professor Matthew Daniel Eddy, BA, MA, PhD

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Contact Professor Matthew Daniel Eddy

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Wednesday 11:00-14:00

(Michaelmas and Easter terms only) 


I am Durham’s chair and professor in the history and philosophy of science. I study the cultural and intellectual factors that contributed to the rise of modern science. My research addresses two major historical themes: the emergence of the environmental sciences and the developmental interface between the human sciences and information technologies. I've also published on a variety of themes relevant to historical conceptions of the mind, morality and matter.

 I’ve worked at Princeton, Harvard, MIT, UCLA, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin) and Caltech. My research has been supported through grants or fellowships awarded by the British Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Royal Society of London, the Wellcome Trust, the Mellon Foundation and Durham’s Institute for Advanced Study.

 In addition to serving on the executive councils for the British Society for the History of Science and the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry, I've given evidence for a number of British government organisations (including the Department of Work and Pensions) and I served as an assessor for the National Research Exercise coordinated for the Greek Ministry of Education.


I supervise theses and dissertations on all aspects of the 18th- to early 20th-century intellectual history topics outlined in my Research Interests section.

Research Interests

  • History and Philosophy of Education
  • History and Philosophy of Religion
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • History and Philosophy of the Humanities
  • The Scottish Enlightenment


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