Visiting Scholar (May 2019)
PhD, Professor, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge
Lauren Kassell is Professor of History of Science and Medicine in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, where she has taught since 2000. Her research considers the nature of the evidence for what we know about the past, mostly through studies of magic and medicine in early modern England. She has recently completed two collaborative projects funded by a series of awards from the Wellcome Trust. The Casebooks Project transformed the paper archive of the astrologer physicians Simon Forman and Richard Napier into a digital archive. While pioneering innovative approaches to digital editing, it lays the foundations for new understandings of the history of medical encounters and experiences of illness and healing. As co-editor of Reproduction: Antiquity to the Present Day (CUP 2018), she has contributed to a long-term account of how modern “reproduction”—an abstract process of perpetuating living organisms—replaced the old “generation”—the active making of humans, beasts, plants, and minerals. She is writing Astrology: A Very Short Introduction for OUP and beginning to develop a pair of projects, one on the history of medical encounters, the other on how to live forever.