About the Institute

Victoria College VIC

The Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IHPST) was founded in 1967. It is a graduate studies and research institute offering MA and PhD degrees. IHPST also offers undergraduate courses. It has 10 core faculty and 19 affiliated faculty, all of whom have approval to supervise PhD thesis work.

The main areas of faculty expertise are: history and philosophy of the physical sciences (biology, physics), the social sciences, and medicine. History of technology, both with respect to the historical development of the physical sciences and the cultural impact of new technologies (AI).

 IHPST faculty, staff and graduate students occupy the third floor of Victoria College at the University of Toronto.


Contact Us

91 Charles Street West
Victoria College, Room 316
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1K7
+1 (416) 946-7414


Untold Stories:

An exhibition by the University of Toronto Scientific Instruments Collection


Upcoming Events

Sep 25 Myles Jackson, “Radio Engineers, Scientists, Musicians, and the Trautonium: Berlin in the 1920s and ’30s”
Oct 16 Suman Seth, “‘Constitutions Selection’: Darwin, Race, and Medicine”
Oct 30 Research Seminar: Katharine Park

Painting of insulin co-discoverer Frederick Banting’s University of Toronto laboratory, by himself (1915).