Professor Cullen originally trained as an engineer, and holds an MA from Oxford in Engineering Science. He has a PhD in Classical Chinese from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is Honorary Professor of the History of East Asian Science, Technology and Medicine in the University of Cambridge, and is a Fellow of Darwin College.
He was appointed Director of the NRI after spending more than a decade as Senior Lecturer in the History of Chinese Science and Medicine in the Department of History at SOAS. He has published widely, mainly in the fields of the history of astronomy, mathematics and medicine in China.
His publications include Astronomy and Mathematics in Ancient China: the Zhou bi suan jing, Cambridge 1996, and The Dragon”s Ascent, Hong Kong 2001. His latest publication is a translation of the Suan shu shu ”Writings on Reckoning”.
He is General Editor of the Science and Civilisation in China series, published by Cambridge University Press, and of the Needham Research Institute Studies Series, published by Routledge Curzon.
Professor Cullen is an Honorary Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and President of the International Society for the History of East Asian Science, Technology and Medicine.