AboutI am a historian of science working as a PhD researcher at the University of Amsterdam. My research focuses on twentieth-century astronomy and its relations to wider society. In my research, I explore how scientists believe scientific research should be conducted; how they actually conducted in practice; and they considered the place of science in wider society.
EducationPhD History of Science, University of Amsterdam, expected 26 March 2021
MSc History and Philosophy of Science, Utrecht University (cum laude)
BSc Physics and Astronomy, University of Amsterdam
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ProjectsAnton Pannekoek: Astronomer Marxist
This project focuses on the influential Marxist and astronomer Anton Pannekoek, who was one of the theoretical leaders of the international socialist movement and the founder of the Astronomical Institute in Amsterdam that now carries his name. The goal of the project is twofold. First of all, it is to investigate Pannekoek’s contributions to astronomy and situate his research within the developments of astronomy during the first half of the twentieth century. Secondly, it is to recover the intricate connections that existed between the scientific and socialist research of Pannekoek, connections that he himself outwardly denied. I search for these connections by uncovering Pannekoek’s epistemic virtues through a reconstruction of his scholarly persona in both socialism and astronomy. Both his epistemic virtues and his scientific persona were strongly influenced by the philosophical context of Marxism, to which he contributed, and the practical reality of being an astronomer without an observatory in a time when astrophotography, astrophysics, and international collaboration increasingly became commonplace.
MembershipsCentres for History of Science:
Vossius Center for the History of Humanities and Sciences, University of Amsterdam
Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities, Utrecht University
History of Science Society
Belgian-Dutch Society for the History of Science and University
British Society for the History of Science
Nederlandse Astronomenclub (Netherlands Astronomical Society)
Royal Netherlands Historical Society