Katharine Park is Professor Emerita in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University, where she also chaired the program in  Women’s Studies from 1998 to 2003. Her research focuses on the history of science and medicine in medieval and early modern Europe and the Mediterranean world, and her books include Wonders and the Order of Nature, 1150–1750 (1998), co-authored with Lorraine Daston, and Secrets of Women: Gender, Generation, and the Origins of Human Dissection (2006). With Lorraine Daston, she also co-edited The Cambridge History of Science, vol. 3: Early Modern Science. She is a recipient of the Pfizer and Rossiter Prizes and the Sarton Medal of the History of Science Society, the Welch Medal of the American Association for the History of Medicine, and the Dan David Prize (2021).

With Ahmed Ragab and Ardeta Gjikola, she is currently co-writing a book on the history of medieval and early modern Latin, Arabic, and Ottoman Turkish science, intended for a broad audience, each chapter of which is focused on a particular object of inquiry during the period in question. During her stay at the MPIWG, she and Professor Ragab will be working on chapters on some combination of falconry, calculation, and plague.

Projects

A New History of Medieval Science: Ideas, Objects, and Instruments in Europe and Islamdom, 800–1650

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A New History of Medieval Science: Knowledge and Its Objects in Latin Europe and the Islamicate World, 750–1650

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Knowledge on the Move: Scientific Encounters in the Muslim and Christian Worlds, 500–1500

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Science and the Senses: Experience and Observation in Medieval Europe

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Scientific Observation in Medieval Europe

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Selected Publications

Park, Katharine (2015). “Relics of a fertile heart : the ‘autopsy’ of Clare of Montefalco.” In History of medicine. Vol. 1: Ancient and medieval medicine, ed. R. Cooter and C. Stein, 264–279. London: Routledge.

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Park, Katharine (2015). “Was there a Renaissance body?” In History of medicine. Vol.  2: Early modern medicine, ed. R. Cooter and C. Stein, 35–47. London: Routledge.

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Park, Katharine (2013). “Medical practice.” In The Cambridge history of science. Vol. 2. Medieval science, ed. D. C. Lindberg and M. L. Shank, 611–629. Cambridge [u.a.]: Cambridge University Press.

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Park, Katharine (2011). “Observation in the Margins, 500-1500.” In Histories of Scientific Observation, ed. L. Daston, 15–44. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

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The Myth of the “One-Sex” Body

University of Bologna, History of Science

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