Cornelis J. (Kees-Jan) Schilt is a historian of early modern knowledge-making. He studied Physics and Astrophysics (BSc 2005) and History and Philosophy of Science (MSc 2007) at Utrecht University and received his DPhil (PhD 2019) from the University of Oxford. He was formerly a Junior Research Fellow at Linacre College, University of Oxford, as well as a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Newton Mint Papers Project. As a Senior Editor and Transcription Manager with the online Newton Project, he has been responsible for the editing, transcription, and publication of Isaac Newton's writings since 2013.
His research focusses on early modern science, philosophy, theology and chronology, and in particular on the life and writings of Isaac Newton. He is also intrigued by the questions that modern quantum mechanics and artificial intelligence pose, the science-religion debates of the past and present, and the interaction between Eastern and Western knowledge. His current research project provides a full-scale comparative study of Newton's methodology as exemplified by the many fields of knowledge-making Newton was involved in.