Research Interests: Histories of science, medicine, and technology in East Asia; science and colonialism; material culture; time and temporality.
Francis is a PhD student in history of science. He is interested in histories of interactions between different epistemologies of knowledge in colonial, imperial, and postcolonial contexts, especially focusing on how cross-cultural exchanges in and around China during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries shaped scientific and medical institutions and practices. In particular, he looks at contrasting conceptions of time and timekeeping as lenses through which actors (and historians) have conceptualised concepts such as ‘modernity’ and ‘indigeneity’. He has also researched how science diplomacy involving the early PRC informed contemporary ideologies of science in Britain.
After initially training in physics, he worked in science communication and in museums of technology and industrial heritage before turning toward history of science. Partly as a consequence, he also has an abiding interest in how museums and innovative digital media can support, shape, and connect historical research, science policy, and public history.