Announcing... Dr Claire Benson and Dr Heather Ellis

Posted by QED at 10:23am on September 7th 2018
Claire Benson making fire

We are delighted to be able to announce the final two additions to the QED main stage: fire scientist Claire Benson and historian Heather Ellis.

Dr Claire Benson is a fire and explosion scientist with over ten years experience researching and lecturing as part of the Explosion and Fire Research Group at London South Bank University. She has a PhD in chemical engineering, specialising in high-pressure oxygen system safety. Her research areas include fire suppression, fire and arson investigation, including work for local authority building and planning control in relation to building fire safety. She has conducted research for the London Fire Brigade, Sellafield Ltd and the Ministry of Defence.

Dr Heather Ellis is a historian and Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Sheffield. Her work has focused on the history of science and the history of ideas. Her books include Masculinity and Science in Britain, 1831-1918, which was shortlisted for the prestigious Pickstone Prize. Her current work explores the role of ancient natural philosophy and classical culture in the emergence of modern science in late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth-century Britain. She contributes regularly to radio and television programmes on the history of science and education.

Claire and Heather complete the main stage line up for QED 2018, but we've still plenty more to announce, so stay tuned!