Prof. Dhruv Raina

  • Dhruv Raina is a professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He studied physics at Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai and received his Ph.D. in the philosophy of science from Göteborg University. His research has focused upon the politics and cultures of scientific knowledge in South Asia. He has co-edited Situating the History of Science: Dialogues with Joseph Needham (1999) and Social History of Sciences in Colonial India (2007), and more recently Science between Europe and Asia (2010). Images and Contexts: the Historiography of Science and Modernity (2003) was a collection of papers contextualizing science and its modernity in India.

     Irfan Habib and he co-authored Domesticating Modern Science (2004) which again addressed the encounter between modern science and the so called “traditional sciences” in colonial India. He has published extensively on related subjects in journals of the history and philosophy of science, social studies of science and social and political history. Over the last couple of years he has been working on cultures of history and science policy in postcolonial South Asia, and the social theory of science and mathematics.

    He has been a Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Study, Berlin and the first incumbent of the Heinrich Zimmer Chair for Indian Philosophy and Intellectual History at Heidelberg University.