Agent: Ben Clark
James Poskett is a historian of science and technology. He holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge where he taught world history and the history of science for a number of years. James writes broadly about the history of science and technology, ranging from seventeenth-century physics to twentieth-century biology. His research has taken him across the world, from astronomical observatories in India to natural history museums in Australia.
Alongside his academic work, James regularly addresses popular audiences. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, Nature and BBC History Magazine. He also featured in Classic FM’s true crime podcast, Case Notes, exploring the grisly history behind the theft of Joseph Haydn’s skull. In 2013 James was shortlisted for the BBC New Generation Thinker Award and in 2012 he won the Best Newcomer Prize from the Association of British Science Writers. James has also collaborated with a number of museums, including the Science Museum in London and the Whipple Museum in Cambridge, curating exhibitions and providing expert advice.
James is currently Assistant Professor in the History of Science and Technology at the University of Warwick. He is working on his first trade book.