Jan Golinski is a professor in the Department of History and the Humanities Program. He came to UNH in 1990, after completing a Ph.D. at the University of Leeds and a postdoctoral fellowship at Churchill College, Cambridge. He teaches courses on the history of science since the Renaissance, European intellectual history, and historiography.
Professor Golinski's research focus is on the sciences of the eighteenth-century Enlightenment. He is the author of four books: Science as Public Culture: Chemistry and Enlightenment in Britain, 1760-1820 (Cambridge University Press, 1992); Making Natural Knowledge: Constructivism and the History of Science (University of Chicago Press, 2005); and British Weather and the Climate of Enlightenment (University of Chicago Press, 2007). He also edited, with William Clark and Simon Schaffer, The Sciences in Enlightened Europe (University of Chicago Press, 1999).
He most recently published The Experimental Self: Humphry Davy and the Making of a Man of Science, a biographical study of the English chemist Humphry Davy, and is currently working on the sciences of the environment in the era of Romanticism.
Professor Golinkski can talk to the media about topics related to the history of science, the eighteenth-century Enlightenment, and British history and politics.