Michael Redhead was born in London on 30 December 1929. He was educated at Westminster School and at University College London, where he gained a BSc in physics in 1950. He then pursued a career in the family business of estate management until returning to academic work in 1968. In 1970 he obtained a PhD in mathematical physics from University College London; his thesis was on ‘The Quantum Theory of Electron-Electron and Positron-Electron Collisions’. In 1971 he became an elected member of the Institute of Physics. He attended a postgraduate course on the history and philosophy of science at Chelsea College London in 1972. In 1982 he was elected a fellow of the Institute of Physics. From 1974 to 1985 Redhead held various research and teaching positions at Chelsea College London, then in 1985 he was made Professor of Philosophy of Physics and Head of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at King's College London, where he stayed for two years before being made Head of History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge, from whom he obtained his MA in 1987; he was then made Chairman of the Department in 1993, returning to his previous position as Head in 1995 for another year. In 1988 he was elected a fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge, and then in 1989 of the Cambridge Philosophical Society, and in 1991 of the British Academy. In 1992 he was elected Vice-President of Wolfson College, Cambridge, and in 2000 was elected a fellow of King's College London. Having been a visiting fellow there in 1994, in 1998 he settled at the London School of Economics as Acting Director of the Centre of the Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, where he was made a centennial professor in 1999, and has stayed up to the present day as visiting professor and Co-Director of the Centre. He has been a consulting editor and on the advisory panel of many journals, among them Studies in History and Philosophy of Science and British Journal for the Philosophy of Science.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.