Professor Liba Taub


Fellow (C), Senior Tutor, Director of Studies, Tutor

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College Roles

  • Professorial Fellow (C)
  • Senior Tutor
  • Director of Studies in History and Philosophy of Science (Parts II and III)
  • Assistant Tutor (Undergraduates)

University Roles

  • Professor of History and Philosophy of Science
  • Director and Curator of Whipple Museum of the History of Science


Telephone: +44 (0) 1223 335709


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I came to Cambridge in 1995, as Curator of the Whipple Museum of the History of Science, part of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, and became a Fellow of Newnham College in 1996.

I was thrilled to come to Newnham, not least because as a graduate student at the University of Oklahoma in the 1980s, I had studied history of chemistry using a book published by Newnham’s College Lecturer in Chemistry (1893-1912), Ida Freund: The study of chemical composition. An account of its method and historical development, with illustrative quotations (CUP, 1904).

I was, and continue to be, inspired by the women of Newnham College.

Research Interests

History of early science, particularly ancient Greek and Roman astronomy, physics and meteorology; history of scientific instruments. I am currently completing a book considering the different genres used in Greco-Roman antiquity to communicate about scientific ideas and mathematics (including poetry, letters, encyclopedia, commentaries and biographies). My previous books include: Aetna and the Moon: Explaining Nature in Ancient Greece and Rome (2008), Ancient Meteorology (2003), and Ptolemy’s Universe: The Natural Philosophical and Ethical Foundations of Ptolemy’s Astronomy (1993).