I am a historian of medieval and early modern science and medicine, specialising in alchemy. In my teaching and research, I explore alchemy’s relationship with natural philosophy, medicine and culture in pre-modern Europe (particularly England), focusing especially on interconnections between textual authority, artisanal practice, and alchemical imagery. My interests also extend to early modern intellectual history and the history and philosophy of chemistry more generally.
I hold degrees in Law (LL.B. Hons., Hull, 1996), Renaissance Studies (MA, London, 2006) and History and Philosophy of Science (Ph.D., Cambridge, 2010). Prior to joining the Princeton faculty in 2014, I spent four years as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Cambridge. I have also held visiting fellowships at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia (2009); Scaliger Institute, University of Leiden (2010); University of Athens (2011); and Beinecke Library, Yale University (2013). Since 2013, I have been Editor of Ambix, the main journal for the history of alchemy and chemistry.