Joshua Harvey

I first came to Oxford to study for an undergraduate Masters in Biochemistry at Trinity College. After four years of studies, including a 6 month research placement at the Weizmann Institute, Israel, I decided to pursue further research in a more interdisciplinary setting.

I have always been interested in the socio-historical contexts of research. As the sciences research student on the Project, I look at the content of medieval scientific theories – their sophistication, accuracy, and experimental basis – as well as their technological context in the medieval world. I am also keen to explore new avenues of research inspired by medieval theories and perspectives.

The project has taken me outside of Biochemistry, but remaining in Oxford allows me to explore all the city has to offer in culture, museums, and history. I also travelling, perusing charity shops, and punting when the sun makes an appearance.

Tim Farrant

Before arriving at Oxford, I completed my BA in History at the University of Bristol, and my MA in Medieval History at the University of York. There I developed and pursued interests in the intellectual history of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.

As the humanities research student on the Medieval Science Project, I work on the theological and historical aspects of our collaborative research. My doctoral work seeks to better comprehend medieval ‘science’ by placing it in its proper theological context. Specifically, my interests lie in identifying the way Augustinian thought shaped and informed thirteenth-century observations of the natural world.

When I’m not researching, I love spending time with my wife (Kate), and my two young daughters (Maysie and Madeleine). Our favourite family pursuits include: visiting parks and beaches, going on nature walks, visiting natural history museums, and reading/watching anything by Julia Donaldson.