Katharine Park

Katharine Park

Robert Lehman Harvard Visiting Professor
Mediterranean Encounters: Medieval Science between Latin and Arabic
Katharine Park


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.