Katharine Park

Katharine Park

Robert Lehman Harvard Visiting Professor
Mediterranean Encounters: Medieval Science between Latin and Arabic
2016 - 2017 (January-June)


Katharine Park is Samuel Zemurray, Jr. and Doris Zemurray Stone Radcliffe Research Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University.  Her books include Doctors and Medicine in Renaissance Florence; Secrets of Women: Gender, Generation, and the Origins of Human Dissection; Wonders and the Order of Nature, 1150-1750 (co-authored with Lorraine Daston); and The Cambridge History of Science, vol. 3: Early Modern Science (co-edited with Lorraine Daston).  She is currently co-writing, with Ahmed Ragab, a new history of medieval science that presents science as practiced in medieval Latin Europe and the Islamicate world as contemporaneous and inextricably interrelated.

Project Summary

One project is a book-in-progress on Arabic and Latin science, 750-1550 (see above). The second is a new group project, The Human Body between Nature and Art in Medieval and Early Modern Italy, which will be the basis of an Exploratory Seminar at I Tatti in spring 2017.