Alan Chalmers

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Alan Chalmers
Born Alan Francis Chalmers
1939 (age 74–75)
Fields Philosophy of science
Institutions University of Sydney
Alma mater
Known for What Is This Thing Called Science?

Alan Francis Chalmers (/ˈælmərz/; born 1939) is a British-Australian philosopher of science and associate professor at the University of Sydney.[1]


He was born in Bristol, England in 1939,[citation needed] and was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics at the University of Bristol, and his Master of Science in physics from the University of Manchester. His PhD on the electromagnetic theory of James Clerk Maxwell[citation needed] was awarded by the University of London.


Chalmers went to Australia in 1971 and worked for some years at the University of Sydney.

Chalmers was elected a fellow of the Academy of Humanities in 1997. His primary research interest is the philosophy of science and he is author of the best-selling textbook What Is This Thing Called Science? which has been translated into many languages.

He has been a visiting scholar at the Flinders University Philosophy Department since 1999. For the 2007 fall semester he was a visiting professor at the University of Pittsburgh.[2]



  1. ^ Alam Chalmers Website at the University of Sydney
  2. ^ Alam Chalmers Website at the University of Pittsburgh
  3. ^ Open University Press and University of Minnesota Press, 1990, pp. 142+xii. (Translated into French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Korean, Portuguese and Chinese.)
  4. ^ 3rd revised edition, University of Queensland Press, Hackett, 1999. (Originally published 1976; second edition: 1982.)
  5. ^ Review of What is this Thing Called Science?
  6. ^ Springer, 2009, pp. 288+xii.

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