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Harold Cook

Professor of History:
History
Phone: +1 401 863 2956
Harold_Cook@brown.edu

I have investigated the "rise of modern science" in early modern Europe, especially through the eyes of the medical community. I have helped to pioneer the use of the medical marketplace as a historical tool of investigation, and more recently, through examinations of the Dutch experience, have been especially interested in the connections between the rise of global commerce and the development of a global science. This has also led me to global and environmental history.

Biography

Hal Cook comes from the American Midwest, although he is now a British as well as US citizen, having devoted almost a decade to his work as Professor of the History of Medicine and Director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL. He previously taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Harvard University, and has served the communities of the history of medicine and science through their professional societies and editorial work. He takes a general interest in the history of medicine and related subjects, especially in the early modern period; his research has been mostly on the 17th century, in recent years focusing on the relationships between commerce, medicine, and science in the Dutch Golden Age. He has held several fellowships and has been the recipient of a number of honors and awards, including two book prizes: the Welch Medal of the American Association for the History of Medicine (1997) and the Pfizer Prize of the History of Science Society (2009).

Interests

I have investigated the "rise of modern science" in early modern Europe, especially through the eyes of the medical community, which was heavily involved in it, first by looking at London and England, then at a Dutch doctor who emigrated to London and was tried for malpractice there in the 1690s (becoming a cause celebre), and then by looking into medicine and natural history in The Netherlands and wherever the Dutch went around the world. I have helped to pioneer the use of the medical marketplace as a historical tool of investigation, and more recently have been especially interested in the connections between the rise of global commerce and the development of a global science. This has also caused me to develop an interest in global and environmental history. One of my current projects it to explore "translation" as means of connecting the movement of people with the attempt to alter the views of a group.

Degrees

BA, MA, PhD

Awards

2009: Pfizer Prize, History of Science Society
2008: Gold medal winner of the 2007 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year for History; Cundill International Prize in History, "Recognition of Excellence" (2nd place); commendation in "Basis of Medicine" category, 2008 British Medical Association book awards
1997: Welch Medal, American Association of the History of Medicine
1978: Honorary Fellow, Medieval and Renaissance Collegium, Univ. Michigan
1976-78: History of Discovery Fellow, Clements Library
1973: Lane Prize for Poetry, Cornell College

Affiliations

Fellow, Royal College of Physicians, London (Hon.)
American Association for the History of Medicine
American Historical Association
British Society for the History of Science
European Association for the History of Medicine and Health
Genootschap voor Geschiedenis der Geneeskunde, Wiskunde, Natuurwetenschappen en Techniek
History of Science Society
North American Conference on British Studies
Renaissance Society of America
Society for the History of Natural History
Society for the Social History of Medicine

Teaching

History of Medicine
Dutch Golden Age
War and Medicine
The Scientific Revolution
History of Natural History
History of Science to 1700
Early Modern Europe

Funded Research

2008 (June): inaugural Visiting Fellow, Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Science and Humanities, Utrecht University
2008 (Spring): inaugural Queen Wilhelmina Visiting Professor, Columbia University
2007-10: Wellcome Project Grant (Research Resources) for Alison Walker, "Sloane Printed Books"
2007 (Fall): Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
2006-9: Post-graduate Fellowship for Erin Sullivan, Wellcome Trust, "Physicke for Mind, Body & Soul: The Diagnosis, Treatment and Experience of Melancholy in Early Modern England"
2005-10: Core Grant for Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL (£8.6 million)
2005-6: Project on behalf of Roy Church, "History of Burroughs Wellcome & Co 1940-1995," funded by Burroughs Wellcome Fund (USA)
2005-6: Post-doctoral fellowship from Associated Medical Services, Canada, for Wendy Churchill, "Themes in the Practice of Medical Ethics in Early Modern Britain, 1600-1800"
2001-10: PI (sponsor) for Wellcome Post-doctoral Fellowships for: Fay Bound, Carmen Caballero-Navas, Lucia Dacome, Hormoz Ebrahimejad, Lindsey Fitzharris, Louise Gray, and several others
2000-05: Core Grant for Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL (£12.6 million)
2001: NIH and NSF Grants (withdrawn)
2001 (Spring): Fellowship, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (declined)
1999 (Fall): Sabbatical leave from UW System
1989-91: National Endowment for the Humanities Research Grant
1990 (Summer): National Library of Medicine Research Grant
1990 (Spring): Graduate School Research Salary, University of Wisconsin-Madison
1989 (Autumn): Fulbright Research Fellowship, The Netherlands
1987 (Spring): Graduate School Research Salary, University of Wisconsin-Madison
1984: Clark Fund, Harvard University
1983: Milton Fund, Harvard University
1982: Clark Fund, Harvard University
1980: Augustus Hindleman Fellowship, Department of History, University Michigan
1979: Award from Graduate Student Research Fund, U.M.

Curriculum Vitae

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