Jim Bennett (historian)
Jim Bennett was Director of the Museum of the History of Science at Oxford University. He was appointed on 1 October 1994, on the retirement of the previous director, Francis Maddison, and retired on 30 September 2012. He is also a fellow of the Faculty of History and Linacre College. In 2010, the University of Oxford gave him the title Professor of the History of Science. Previously he was a fellow and senior tutor of Churchill College and curator of the Whipple Museum of the History of Science, both part of Cambridge University.
Bennett's interests lie in the history of practical mathematics from the 16th century to the 18th century, scientific instruments and astronomy. His work in Cambridge included hands-on use of scientific and navigational instruments, using the Whipple collection to teach undergraduates how instruments worked, and gaining insight into the difficulties faced by the historical teachers of those instruments.
Jim Bennett has been President of the British Society for the History of Science and President of the Scientific Instrument Commission of the International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science.  He has also appeared in television documentaries.
- The Divided Circle: A History of Instruments for Astronomy, Navigation and Surveying, Jim Bennett. Oxford, 1987.
- Church, State and Astronomy in Ireland, 200 Years of Armagh Observatory, Jim Bennett. Belfast, 1990.
- The Garden, the Ark, the Tower, the Temple. Biblical Metaphors of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe, Jim Bennett and S. Mandelbrote. Oxford, 1998.
- Practical Geometry and Operative Knowledge, Jim Bennett. Configurations, 6, 1998.
- London's Leonardo: The Life and Work of Robert Hooke, Jim Bennett, Michael Cooper, Michael Hunter and Lisa Jardine. Oxford University Press, 2003. ISBN 0-19-852579-6.
- As editor
- The Oxford Companion to the History of Modern Science, John L. Heilbron (ed-in-chief), Jim Bennett, Frederic L. Holmes, Rachel Laudan and Giuliano Pancaldi (eds). Oxford University Press, 2003. ISBN 0-19-511229-6.
- "Staff". UK: Museum of the History of Science, Oxford / Archive.org. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
- "Staff Changes". Annual Report of the Museum of History of Science 1994–5. Supplement (2) to Gazette No. 4401 (Oxford University Gazette). 20 May 1996.
- "Dr Jim Bennett". UK: Faculty of History, University of Oxford / Archive.org. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
- "Museum of the History of Science Annual Report". UK: Museum of the History of Science, Oxford. 2002–03. Retrieved 17 December 2012. Check date values in:
- "Professor Jim Bennett". Café Scientifique. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
- Jim Bennett at the Internet Movie Database.
- "London's Leonardo: The Life and Work of Robert Hooke". USA: Oxford University Press. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
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