Dr Sachiko Kusukawa

Associate Fellow at Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge

Tutor and Fellow in the History and Philosophy of Science, Trinity College

Sachiko Kusukawa is interested in history of science, cultural and intellectual history, and the history of the book. She has published on Protestant natural philosophy, university textbooks and libraries, and visual arguments in illustrated scientific books.

Her recent research has focused on the observational, descriptive and pictorial practices in the development and production of scientific knowledge in the early modern period (1500-1720). Her work on visual arguments in sixteenth-century botanical and anatomical works has resulted in a monograph (Picturing the book of nature, University of Chicago Press, 2012).

Sachiko is a co-investigator to an AHRC-funded research project on 'Diagrams, figures and the transformation of astronomy 1450-1650' (Dept of History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge), which examines the function of astronomical figures and diagrams in early modern astronomy. She is also a Principal Investigator of an AHRC-funded international network, 'Origins of Science as a Visual Pursuit: the case of the early Royal Society'. Her next research topic will be on the pictorial practices of the early Royal Society.