Collins, Harry

Cardiff University

Harry Collins is Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology and Director of the Centre for the Study of Knowledge, Expertise and Science at Cardiff University.  He has held visiting appointments in Brazil, China, United States, Germany, etc.  He was awarded the 1997 Bernal prize for social studies of science and has also received the American Sociological Association’s Robert K. Merton book prize and the British Computer Society Specialist Group in Expert Systems Prize for Technical Merit.  He has published sixteen books and around 150 papers.  Harry Collins is continuing to research and write on gravitational wave detection, and, with support from a European Research Council Advanced Grant, on the nature of expertise and on a new technique for exploring expertise—the “Imitation Game.”

On Rorotoko:

On his book Gravity’s Ghost: Scientific Discovery in the Twenty-first Century
(Our Cover Feature of June 21, 2011)