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Professor of Social Science, Cardiff University

Harry Collins is a British sociologist of science at the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, Wales. In 2012 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy. His best known book is The Golem: What Everyone Should Know About Science (1993). While at the University of Bath Professor Collins developed the Bath School approach to the sociology of scientific knowledge.

Research interests:

The Nature of Scientific Knowledge and knowledge in general;
Public Understanding of Science;
The Nature of Skills and Expertise;
Artificial Intelligence and the relationship between humans and machines;
Medical Knowledge and Skills; Science Education;
A long term project on the detection of cosmic gravitational radiation.


  • –present
    Professor, Cardiff University