Anthony Grafton

Balzan Prize 2002 for the History of the Humanities

For his outstanding work on the history of scholarship, especially of the classical tradition in European intellectual history since the Renaissance, including the history of the evolution of scholarly practices, techniques, and attitudes, and the links between humanist learning and the development of modern science.

Anthony Thomas Grafton, born on 21 May 1950, is an American citizen.

Since 1975 at Princeton University: Assistant Professor (1975-1980), Associate Professor (1980-1985), University Professor (since 1985) and at present Henry Putnam University Professor of History.

other employment:
Student Ombudsman, University of Chicago (1970-1971); Instructor in History, Cornell University (1974-1975);
Visiting Associate Professor, Columbia University (1981); Directeur d’études associé, EHESS (1994); Warburg Professor, University of Hamburg (1998-1999).

University Scholar, Chicago (1971)
Woodrow Wilson (honorary) (1971-1972)
Danforth (1971-1975)
Fulbright-Hays (1973-1974)
American Philosophical Society (1976)
ACLS grant in aid (1977)
Rollins Bicentennial Preceptorship (1978-1981)
NEH summer grant (1982)
NEH grant (1983-1984)
Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel (summer grant 1985)
NSF summer grants (1986, 1987)
Guggenheim fellowship (1989)
Fellow, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (1993-1994)
Behrman Senior Fellow in the Humanities, Princeton (1994-1995)
Visiting Fellow, Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften, Vienna (1996)
Visiting Member, Dibner Institute (1997)
Visiting Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Hebrew University (1998)
Visiting Member, Research Group on Christian Hebraism, Center for Advance Judaic Studies, Philadelphia (1999-2000)

among his honours:
Fairchild Senior Research fellowship, California Institute of Technology (1989); Visiting professor, Collège de France (1992); Member, American Philosophical Society (1993); Ausserordentliches Mitglied, Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie (1996); Corresponding Fellow, British Academy (1997); Visiting Professor, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris (Chaire Condorcet, 1999).

major publications:
– Joseph ScaligerA Study in the History of Classical ScholarshipI: Textual Criticism and Exegesis, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1983; reprint in preparation.
– From Humanism to the Humanities: Education and the Liberal Arts in Fifteenth and Sixteenth-Century Europe, together with Lisa Jardine, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass. 1986.
– Forgers and CriticsCreativity and Duplicity in Western Scholarship, Princeton University Press, Princeton and London, 1990; German translation, 1991, 1995; French translation, 1993; Italian translation, 1996.
– Joseph Scaliger: A Study in the History of Classical ScholarshipII: Historical Chronology, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1993; reprint in preparation.
– Commerce with the Classics: Ancient Books and Renaissance Readers, University of Michigan Press, 1997.
– The Footnote: A Curious History, Harvard University Press, 1997; Faber & Faber, London, 1997; German translation, 1995; French translation, 1998; Brazilian Portuguese translation, 1998; Spanish translation, 1998; Turkish translation in preparation; Italian translation, 2000.
– Cardano’s Cosmos: The Worlds and Works of a Renaissance Astrologer, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., and London, England, 1999; German translation, 1999: Italian translation, 2002.
– Leon Battista Alberti: Master Builder of the Italian Renaissance, Hill & Wang, New York, and Penguin, London, 2000/2001.

In addition to his above listed books, he has also written numerous articles and review essays. Being a keen communicator and by sharing ideas in lectures and informal discussions he often stimulates collaborative projects. A number of his publications have been jointly written, and he has edited thematically linked collections of articles under the following titles:
– Defenders of the Text: The Traditions of Scholarship in an Age of Science, 1450-1800, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., and London, 1991; paperback reprint 1994.
– Bring Out Your Dead: The Past as Revelation, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., and London, 2001.

Evidence of his commitment to enlightening a wider public is his organization of exhibitions for two great libraries:
– New World, Ancient Texts. The Power of Tradition and the Shock of Discovery (Fall 1992 – Winter 1993), (edited by Anthony Grafton with April Shelford and Nancy Siraisi, Belknap Press of Harvard University, 1992) for the New York Public Library.
– Rome Reborn: The Vatican Library and Renaissance Culture (Winter 1993), (edited by Anthony Grafton, Yale University Press, 1993) for the Vatican Library.

(October 2002)

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