|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students, International Students|
|Funding amount:||£17,668 in Session 2022/23|
|Placed On:||8th February 2023|
|Closes:||8th March 2023|
Session 2023 - Closing Date 17:00 (UK time) 8 March 2023
Before applying for this studentship, ensure you read the requirements on the WRoCAH website.
Award provides fees and maintenance at UKRI Rates (£17,668 in Session 2022/23) plus £550 enhancement per annum.
This is an AHRC WRoCAH funded Collaborative Doctoral Award between School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science, University of Leeds and the British Library.
Donald Michie – code-breaker, geneticist, computer scientist, Communist – was one of the founding ﬁgures in Britain of arguably the most transformative science of recent times: artiﬁcial intelligence (AI). Drawing on little-studied archival materials at the British Library as well as on oral-history interviews that the student will conduct, this project will explore the connections between academia, industry and politics which made mid-20th century Britain a hospitable setting for this extraordinary new "interdiscipline."
Michie's archive oﬀers rich resources for an interpretation of post-war British scientiﬁc culture's openness to the creation of AI as a new interdisciplinary science, while Agar's "working worlds" framework (2012) – emphasizing the directive role of industrial and military needs in twentieth-century science – will enable the project to address wider issues.
The student will beneﬁt from both the British Library’s world-class, employability-enhancing support and the specialist training in history of science provided by the Leeds Centre for History and Philosophy of Science.
Objectives and methods
The student will engage in a number of activities to develop their understanding and to communicate this understanding to a wider audience:
For further project information contact Professor Gregory Radick
Information about how to apply contact the Postgraduate Admissions team
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