About me

Portrait of Chaokang I am a historian of science working as postdoctoral researcher at the University of Regensburg as part of the DFG project `Astronomy’s Glass Archive: Photographic Practices at the Observatory, 1850-1950’. My main interest is on the development of astronomy during the late nineteenth and twentieth century, where I focuses on how astronomical knowledge was produced by astronomers, how they developed and used photographic techniques, and how they reflected on what it meant to be a scientist during this period.

My PhD research was conducted at the University of Amsterdam, for which I investigated the scientific research of the influential Marxist and astronomer Anton Pannekoek. During this research, I focused on Pannekoek’s implementation of astrophotography, the epistemic virtues he pursued in his research, and the relation between his scientific methodology and his political philosophy. I have also taught various classes, including the graduate course Philosophy of Science and the undergraduate course History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Amsterdam, and the undergraduate course History of Modern Physics at Utrecht University.

Recent publications include Anton Pannekoek: Photography, Epistemic Virtues, and Political Philosophy in Early-Twentieth Century Astronomy (PhD dissertation, University of Amsterdam, 2021; Anton Pannekoek: Ways of Viewing Science and Society (Amsterdam University Press, 2019), edited with Bart van der Steen and Jeroen van Dongen; and “Left Radicalism and the Milky Way: Connecting the Scientific and Socialist Virtues of Anton Pannekoek” in Historical Studies of the Natural Sciences 47 (2017): 200-254.