Andrew Pickering is a sociologist, philosopher and historian of science at the University of Exeter. He was a professor of sociology and a director of science and technology studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign until 2007. He holds a doctorate in physics from the University of London, and a doctorate in Science Studies from the University of Edinburgh. Pickering has held fellowships at MIT, the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, the Guggenheim Foundation and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford.
His book Constructing Quarks: A Sociological History of Particle Physics (1984) is a classic in the field of the sociology of science. In The Mangle of Practice: Time, Agency and Science (1995), he develops a performative conception of scientific practice, focusing on non-human agency and strongly contributing to the posthumanist trend of Science and Technology Studies. The Cybernetic Brain: Sketches of Another Future (2010) traces the history of British Cybernetics after the Second World War, and explores projects that intertwine technology, psychiatry, spirituality, education and brain sciences.