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Theme Leadership Fellow

Professor Barry C. Smith was appointed as the AHRC Leadership Fellow for the Science in Culture Theme in November 2012.

Professor Smith is the Director of the Institute of Philosophy and founding director of the Centre for the Study of the Senses, which pioneers collaborative research between philosophers, psychologists and neuroscientists. He is a philosopher of language and mind who has published has published on knowledge of language, self-knowledge, consciousness, the emotions, taste and smell. He now works mainly on the multisensory perception of flavour and has published theoretical and experimental articles in Nature, Food Quality and Preference, and Flavour. He works with chefs and artists and consults for the food and drinks industry and his research is frequently featured in the press.

He is the editor of Questions of Taste: the philosophy of wine, Oxford University Press (2007), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Language, Oxford University Press 2008 (with Ernest Lepore), and Knowing Our Own Minds Oxford University Press 1998 (with Crispin Wright and Cynthia Macdonald).

He is a frequent broadcaster, appearing on BBC Radio 4’s In Our Time, Start the Week and The Kitchen Cabinet, and Radio 3’s Free Thinking. In 2010, he was the writer and presenter of a four-part series for the BBC World Service called The Mysteries of the Brain, and in 2015 he appeared on BBC One’s Masterchef as a sensory expert. He writes a regular wine column for Prospect Magazine and has held visiting professorships at the University of California at Berkeley and the Ecole Normale Superiéure in Paris.



Professor Barry Smith, Theme Leadership Fellow email: Barry.smith@sas.ac.uk

Nisha Patel, Project Administrator email: nisha.patel@sas.ac.uk

Science and Culture Theme Leadership website: www.sciculture.ac.uk