Churchill College

16 Rutherford Road

Phone: 07990 727114
E-mail: michael.hoskin@ntlworld.com

Born London, 27 February 1930.
M.A. (London, 1952), Ph.D. (Cambridge, 1956), in algebraic geometry.
1956–57 Research Fellow, Jesus College, Cambridge
1957–59 Lecturer in History of Science, University of Leicester
1959–88 University Lecturer in History of Science, Cambridge University
1975–86 Head of Dept. of History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge University
1965–69 Fellow, Vice-Master and Senior Tutor, St Edmund's House, Cambridge
1969– Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge (Librarian with responsibility for construction of Archives Centre, 1969–75; President, 1981–91)
2002– Emeritus Fellow, St Edmund's College, Cambridge
IAU gave name Hoskin to Minor Planet 12223, 2001
Leroy E. Doggett Prize in history of astronomy, American Astronomical Society, 2004
Honorary Fellow, Royal Astronomical Society, 2007
Archaeological centre at Antequera, Spain, named Centro Solar Michael Hoskin, 2008
2008, Jaschek Medal, European Society for Astronomy in Culture
2012 Honorary Member, AgorÓ Nuragica (Sardinia)
2013 Honorary Member, Real Academia de Nobles Artes de Antequera (Spain)
2015 (by Spanish royal decree) Medalla de Oro al Merito en las Bellas artes


William Herschel, Pioneer of Sidereal Astronomy (London and New York, 1959)

William Herschel and the Construction of the Heavens (London and New York, 1963)

Second Thoughts of Thomas Wright of Durham (London, 1968)

The Mind of the Scientist (London and New York, 197l; Korean translation, Seoul, 1971; Japanese translation, Tokyo, 1975; Braille translation, Melbourne, 1975; Chinese translation, 1991; broadcast on BBC1 and BBC2)

Stellar Astronomy: Historical Studies (Chalfont St Giles, 1982)

The General History of Astronomy (general editor: vol. 4, part 1 (Cambridge, 1984); vol. 2, part 1 (1989); vol. 2, part 2 (1995))

Taulas and Talayots (with W. Waldren; Cambridge, 1988)

The Cambridge Illustrated History of Astronomy (Cambridge, 1997; translation into Chinese simplified characters, Shandong, 2003; translation into Chinese complex characters, 2006)

The Cambridge Concise History of Astronomy (Cambridge, 1999, 2001; Italian translation, Milan, 2001, 2009; Polish translation, Warsaw, 2007; Hebrew translation, Tel Aviv, 2012)

Reflejo del Cosmos
(with J. A. Belmonte) (Madrid, 2002)

Tombs, Temples and Their Orientations: A New Perspective on Mediterranean Prehistory (Bognor Regis, 2001,Bognor Regis, 2001; Italian translation,Turin, 2006)

History of Astronomy: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2002; Hungarian translation, 2004; Chinese translation, Beijing , 2010; Japanese translation, Tokyo, 2013)
Persian translation, Tehran, 2014

The Herschel Partnership: As viewed by Caroline (Cambridge, 2003; Czech translation, Prague, 2006)

Caroline Herschel’s Autobiographies (Cambridge, 2003)

The Herschels of Hanover (Cambridge, 2007)

Discoverers of the Universe (Princeton, 2011)

The Construction of the Heavens: William Herschel's Cosmology (Cambridge, 2012)

Caroline Herschel: Priestess of the New Heavens (Sagamore Beach, 2013)

William and Caroline Herschel (Heidelberg, 2013)

Journals Edited

History of Science (founded by MAH, 1960; joint editor, 1960–70)

Journal for the History of Astronomy (founded by MAH, 1970; editor 1970–2014)

Other Activities

President, History of Astronomy Commission of International Astronomical Union, 1979–82; inaugurated "Oxford" meetings on archaeoastronomy.

'Effective' Member, International Academy of History of Science.

Invited Discourse (plenary session) to 1982 General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union, in the Roman Odeon at Patras.

Harlow Shapley Memorial Lecture, American Astronomical Society, Houston, 1986.

Voyager II Uranus Symposium (with Carl Sagan), Caltech, 1986.

Roderick Webster Memorial Lecture, American Institute of Archaeology, Chicago, 2001.

Meeting of Royal Academy of Antequera, Cambridge, 2 May 2015

Spain's Minister of Culture giving the reasons for the award of the gold medal to MAH, San Sebastian, 2016.

MAH receiving the gold medal from the King of Spain, San Sebastian, 2016.