Dr Daniel Wilson

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Senior Research Associate


Daniel Wilson is a historian of science and technology working on the politics and provenance of data and machines in the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries. His work combines traditional close-reading and archival study with computational techniques.

Daniel works on the Living with Machines project: a radical collaboration between historians, curators, data scientists and computational linguists exploring the industrial revolution in Britain during the long nineteenth century using digitised sources.

Prior to joining the Turing, Daniel worked on the 'Technology & Democracy' project at CRASSH in Cambridge – an inquiry into the politics of the digital – alongside David Runciman and John Naughton. He continues to teach occasionally in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge.

Research interests

Daniel's work is in the tradition of STS (Science & Technology Studies) and includes an interest in data provenance, digital archives, new approaches and pipelines for large collections of 19th-century maps and texts, including language models and computer vision. He collaborates daily with research software engineers, curators and librarians.