UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies


Going, Going, Ghent

19 October 2012

STS people includes honorary research fellows and honorary research associates. These are a diverse group, with many notable names. (more)

Congratulations this week goes to a long-time associate and friend to STS, Professor Robert Bud, Principal Curator of Medicine at the Science Museum.

We have this news about him, and extend our warm congratulations:

The University of Ghent (Belgium) and the Sarton Committee (president : Prof. Robert Rubens) announce that on November 22, 2012 the 27th Sarton Chair for the History of Sciences, will be accorded to Prof. Robert BUD, Keeper of Science and Medicine of the Science Museum in London. 

George Sarton (1884-1956), one of the founding fathers of the history of science as an academic discipline, was an alumnus of Ghent University. In 1912, one year after his graduation in physics and mathematics, he wrote to a friend: "J'ai décidé de vouer ma vie à l'étude désintéressée de l'histoire des sciences". He established two leading journals in the field (Isis in 1912 and Osiris in 1934) and the History of Science Society. 

In 1984, at the centenary of Sarton's birthday, Ghent University decided to establish a Sarton Chair of History of Science. Each year the Sarton committee, consisting of representatives of the faculties of Ghent University, selects the Sarton chair holder and the Sarton medallists.