About Samantha Dale Fox
a person of wide knowledge or learning
Historically, a polymath is considered a person whose expertise spans a significant number of subject areas, known to draw on complex bodies of knowledge to solve specific problems. Today, with the exponential increase of available information in any one discipline, to embody the classical definition of a polymath is extremely difficult. Samantha believes that a successful modern day polymath is aware of many subjects, becomes as expert in a handful, and a master in one. The key additional trait of the polymath is to facilitate an effective network, or collective, of other polymaths, and encourage collaborations and multidisciplinary working. As a collective, modern day polymaths together embody the same benefits as the traditional polymath.
“A jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one.” The shortened version is often used as an insult, however, the complete saying was formerly intended as a compliment. The phrase means that a person is a generalist rather than a specialist, versatile and adept at many things. Samantha strives to be a modern day polymath.
Samantha was born in 1994, Oxford, England, to a working class family. Samantha is dedicated to the contributing to the fields of medical science and healthcare provision.
A trained molecular biologist, Samantha completed her first degree in Biomedical Sciences and later, a master's degree in Medical Ethics and Law. Previously, she worked as a health care assistant in NHS hospitals and private care homes, supporting her clinical focus. She has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for several years, formerly at AstraZeneca, where she worked in both early and late stage drug development. She currently works at Eisai where she has specialised in clinical trial transparency.
With experience in basic science research, clinical trials, information management, and pharmaceutical development, Samantha boasts a range of technical and transferable skills. You can read more about her professional experience and interests under Scientist. Samantha regularly gives STEM careers talks at British schools and universities.
As a Marxist intersectional feminist, Samantha is strong supporter of life-long learning and is politically active. She champions critical thought, freedom of speech and discussion, highlighting the need for effective communication between people of all levels of education in society. Particularly with pervasive subjects that affect all people, such as science and medicine. Her main interest is understanding the intersectionality of class in British society.
Though committed to medical science, Samantha endeavours to experience life as fully as possible beyond STEM. She is particularly interested in the visual arts, both being interested in the global history of art and producing 'sci-art' herself under the alter ego of Dale Vulpes Vulpes.
Samantha speaks conversational German and plays the Viola. True to the 'Jack of all trades' and modern day polymath ethos, Samantha is keen to develop herself in many ways.She subscribes to Camus's description of the absurd; where one must find happiness in accepting the meaningless of life. And thus, she actively tries to live her life in revolt.