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NATHAN BOSSOH

PhD student in History and Philosophy of Science 

 
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MY RESEARCH

I am currently a second-year PhD student studying History and Philosophy of Science at UCL and the Royal Institution. My research centres on the Christian polymath, George Douglas Campbell, otherwise known as the 8th Duke of Argyll. Argyll was a well-noted Victorian Scottish politician who undertook important work in geology, geography, ornithology; was one of the founders of the Aeronautical Society of Great Britain (now known as the Royal Aeronautical Society); and also wrote heavily on evolution, anthropology, economy, and Christian theology.

More broadly speaking I'm extremely interested in the history of modern science, technology and religious belief. I am a keen researcher into the various ways in which theology and philosophy have informed scientific practice historically. I also have an interest in who participated in science in the past (aristocrats, gentry, clergy, lower-class men and women), the popularization of science, and how science shifted from a theologically based activity to a largely non-theologically based activity by the end of the Victorian era.

 

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

September 2019 - 2020

UCL PGTA

I have taught as a postgraduate teaching assistant at UCL facilitating seminars on the 'Philosophy of Science' and  'Science and Religion' modules.

January 2019 - January 2023

Currently studying for my PhD. My thesis title is, 'Darwin's Pallbearer? Science, Religion, and Authority Through the Life and Writings of the 8th Duke of Argyll'

UCL/ROYAL INSTITUTION - PHD

September 2017 - August 2018

UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH - MSC

I completed my MSc degree in Philosophy, Science and Religion with a 2:1. My MSc thesis was titled, 'Interpreting The Bible: The Place of Noah's Flood in Relation to Science in the Early 19th Century'

January 2012 - July 2014

ACM - BMUS

I studied music performance at the Academy of Contemporary Music specializing on bass guitar. I completed my degree with a First Class.

2011 - 2012

ACM - HIGHER DIPLOMA

I studied and completed the Higher Diploma course at the Academy of Contemporary Music with a First-Class

 

PAST EXPERIENCE

What I’ve Done

2019 - 2022

DARWIN TRUST OF EDINBURGH

I applied for the studentship funding and was successfully accepted by the Darwin Trust of Edinburgh. Currently, the Darwin Trust fund my PhD studies at UCL.

June 2018 - December 2018

SCIENCE MUSEUM LONDON

My position was as an Explainer working mainly in the interactive galleries as well as on the Museum floor. I regularly performed science demonstrations and interacted with children and adults on a wide range of objects and subjects, from testable experiments in the Wonderlab, to Bepi Columbo the spacecraft currently on its way to Mercury.

October 2017 - July 2017

JORDAN MUSIC WORKSHOPS

I worked as a music tutor teaching drums and guitar to primary school children in a number of schools around south London such as Allen Edwards, St Stephen's and St Mark's C of E Primary School.

I taught mainly in groups and had excellent opportunities to lead the kids in various musical performances in front of the other school children, teachers and parents.

Current

MUSICIAN - BASS PLAYER

I have been working as a performing and recording bass player since around 2012. I have been fortunate enough to perform with or alongside names such as: Billy Ocean, Yolanda Brown, Beverly Knight, Shingai Shoniwa, London Remixed Orchestra - and have also performed abroad in countries such as Dubai, Morocco, Germany and Australia.

2012

ACM MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP

In my first year at ACM was awarded the music performance scholarship to progress onto my second and third year

2012

ACM AWARD - OUTSTANDING STUDENT HIGHER DIPLOMA BASS

In my Higher Diploma year at ACM (2011 - 2012) I received this award for being an outstanding music student

 

CONFERENCES/PAPERS/ARTICLES PRESENTED

2018

WINNER OF CHRISTIANS IN SCIENCE STUDENT ESSAY COMPETITION

I was the winner of the 2018 CiS student Essay competition, where the prize was £500 plus my essay published. The topic of my essay was, 'Which Historical Aspect of the Relationship do you Think has Been Most Significant?':
http://www.cis.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Which-historical-aspect-of-the-relationship-between-science-and-religion-do-you-think-has-been-the-most-significant-Nathan-Bossoh.pdf

January 2019

CIS ARTICLE - TRANSHUMANISM AND THE CHRISTIAN

In this article I explore the history of transhumanism and contrast its philosophies with Christian understandings of human meaning and enhancement:
http://connect.cis.org.uk/transhumanism-and-the-christian.html

26 - June - 2019

TYNDALE HOUSE FELLOWSHIP CONFERENCE

November 2019

This is a review that I wrote on research in secondary school science and religious education undertaken by Professor B, Billingsley and M, Nassaji in 2019. It has been published in 'Reviews in Science and Religion' by the Science and Religion Forum

March 2020

INSBN ARTICLE - UNIFORMITY, BIBLICAL CRITICISM, AND SUPERNATURAL ACTIVITY IN THE 19TH CENTURY -

I wrote an article for 'Science and Belief in Society'. This article is a small section of my main PhD thesis.https://scienceandbeliefinsociety.org/news/  (Scroll down on page a bit to find article)

 

April 2020

REVIEW OF MATTHEW STANLEY'S HUXLEY'S CHURCH AND MAXWELL'S DEMON: FROM THEISTIC SCIENCE TO NATURALISTIC SCIENCE  

I reviewed this book for the April 2020 issue of the Science and Christian Belief Journal.https://www.scienceandchristianbelief.org/toc.php?type=by_volume&volume=32&issue=1

 
 

CONTACT

University College London, Gower St, Kings Cross, London WC1E 6BT, UK

 

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