Charlotte Sleigh is Professor of Science Humanities, University of Kent. Her research concerns the sciences where they intersect with the humanities, including history, literature, art and communication. Her original training was in the history of science at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge. She is the author and editor of numerous books, as well as current editor of the British Journal for the History of Science.
Her first book on the historical and textual relationships between science and writing, Literature and Science, was published by Palgrave in 2010, and she is currently working on another, Engineering Fiction, about science fiction and its fans in interwar Britain.
Another major area of Charlotte’s research interests encompasses the history of natural history and animal studies, with an on-going emphasis on the interrelationship between culture and science. Her books on this topic include Ant (Reaktion, 2003), Six Legs Better (Johns Hopkins, 2007), Frog (Reaktion, 2010); Cosmopolitan Animals (Palgrave, 2015) and The Paper Zoo (British Library/Chicago, 2016).
In more recent years Charlotte has developed her interest in art and science, collaborating with a number of artists to produce shows including Chain Reaction! (Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury, 2013) and Biological Hermeneutics (Chetham’s Library, Manchester, 2017).