Dr Jahnavi Phalkey
Senior Lecturer in History of Science and Technology
Room: 7B, Chesham building, Strand campus
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7052
Jahnavi Phalkey is a historian of contemporary and twentieth century science and technology based at the India Institute, King’s College London. She holds a doctoral degree in history of science and technology from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta. Before moving to King’s, Jahnavi was Junior Research Fellow at the Imperial College London.
She was a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin following which she was on secondment as external curator to the Science Museum London. Jahnavi is on the editorial board for the British Journal for the History of Science, and the History and Technology.
Jahnavi specializes in history of the modern physical sciences and the history of statistics. Her work explores, questions concerning science and the state, science and democracy, and international history, at the level of laboratory and field practice.
She is the author of Atomic State: Big Science in Twentieth Century India (2013). Most recently, she co-edited Science of Giants: China and India in the Twentieth Century, inaugural volume of the British Journal for the History of Science - Themes having steered a four year collaboration between historians of China and India. Earlier, she led the publication of a Focus Section on Science, History and Modern India in the leading history of science journal Isis.
At present, Jahnavi is Principal Investigator on the Max Weber Foundation funded Transnational Research Group on Poverty and Education in India (2012-17) where she leads a project on "Technical Solutions to Mass Education in Contemporary India" and she is also directing a short film on industrial training in India as part of the same project.
Jahnavi is director of the documentary film Cyclotron.