About Me

My name is Nathan Bossoh, a black British PhD candidate in History of Science at UCL - born and raised in Croydon.


Not unlike many other academics, my background lies in the arts as opposed to the humanities. I started playing bass when I was around 14 years old and later went to study music performance at university. I completed my undergraduate degree in music in 2014 and worked as a full-time musician for a number of years (see my 'Music Work' page for more). This was until I switched paths and completed an MSc in Philosophy, Science and Religion in 2018 after becoming extremely interested in the relations between science and Christianity. 

My studies led me to focus on the history of science and Christianity as I wanted to understand what led to our modern Western perception of 'science' and 'religion' as either, in harmony, or more commonly, in conflict. I am now a third-year PhD student studying History and Philosophy of Science at UCL. My thesis is a case study on the Christian aristocrat polymath, George Douglas Campbell, otherwise known as the 8th Duke of Argyll. Argyll was an important Victorian politician who engaged extensively in a wide range of areas. These included: geology, geography, ornithology, aeronautics, education and empire. My work on him also cuts across evolution, anthropology, race, and Christian theology. Through Argyll, I aim to understand the construction and codification of Western science as it emerged in this context in the 19th century, in what ways Christianity shaped its emergence, and what this means for us today.

More broadly speaking my historical interests are in the global relations between scientific knowledge, religious belief, practice, and race, with a particular interest in understanding how these factors play out across Britain, West Africa, and Japan.