Academic Biography: Erich Weidenhammer obtained his PhD from the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto in 2014. His thesis discussed the relationship between chemistry and medicine in late 18th century Britain, particularly the role of Dr. John Pringle (1707-1782), a prominent patron among British natural philosophers. Dr. Weidenhammer helped to found the University of Toronto’s collection of science-related artifacts (UTSIC.org), a project that he now curates. He researches various aspects of that collection, especially the collection of early instruments dating from the U of T’s psychological laboratory founded in 1891. He’s also interested in the application of new technologies to collecting, curating, and museum outreach, especially the possibilities and pitfalls of disseminating printable models of museum artifacts.
Dr. Weidenhammer is an adjunct curator in the area of scientific processes at the Ingenium museums in Ottawa.
Research Interests: Material culture, museum studies, and the history of science and technology