Dr Catherine Jackson

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Dr Catherine Jackson

Official Fellow and Tutor in History 

Associate Professor in the History of Science

Catherine Jackson is Associate Professor of History of Science and serves on the advisory committee for the Oxford Centre for the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology (OCHSMT). A PhD chemist and historian of modern chemistry, Dr Jackson has published extensively on the history of nineteenth-century organic chemistry including original studies of Justus Liebig, August Hofmann, Albert Ladenburg, and Emil Fischer; on the history of chemical training and the laboratory: and on chemistry’s material culture, especially the rise of scientific glassblowing.

Dr Jackson’s teaching experience spans the modern period, with a focus on chemistry and its connected sciences, including pharmacy and pharmacology. She is committed to the relevance of history to science students, reflected in her developing involvement with the history of science option in Part II of the Chemistry degree programme.

At graduate level, Dr Jackson teaches methodological approaches, including a course on the material culture approach in history of science, medicine, and technology.

Research Interests

  • History of Modern Chemistry
  • History of Modern Sciences
  • History of Scientific Glassblowing
  • Scientific Pedagogy and Collective Practice
  • Laboratory History and Lab Studies
  • Material Culture Studies

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