Matt Wright


I completed my undergraduate degree in Politics at the University of Sheffield in 2016. Following two years working in the Civil Service in the Department for Transport, I re-entered academia to study for a Master’s degree in Modern History (1500-2000) at the University of Kent.

My PhD is an AHRC Collaborate Doctoral Partnership between the University of Leeds and the British Library, where I am centred in the Politics and Public Life section of the Contemporary Archives and Manuscripts Department. I am researching the personal archive of Donald Michie (1924-2007), a British scientist whose varied career saw him work as a Bletchley codebreaker, a mammalian geneticist and as a computer scientist specialising in artificial intelligence, co-founding the Turing Institute in the 1980s. I am investigating questions around the relationship between science and politics in the Cold War, the collaborative networks formed by scientists and the emergence of new scientific disciplines.

Research interests

Science communication; Cold War science; artificial intelligence.


  • BA Politics, University of Sheffield
  • MA Modern History (1500-2000), University of Kent