Santorio Awardees

Santorio Award 2022

1st place
Meagan Allen
Indiana University Bloomington
Roger Bacon’s Medical Alchemy:
Medieval Pharmacology and the Prolongatio Vitae
Meagan S. Allen is a historian of medieval science. Her research focuses on the intersection of alchemy and medicine, particularly on the writings of the Franciscan Roger Bacon (d.1292), and explores how Bacon envisioned utilizing alchemical theories and practices to create a panacea that could extend human life by several hundred years. She is the author of several works, including “Roger Bacon’s Medical Alchemy and the Multiplication of Species”, published in “The Philosophy and Science of Roger Bacon: Studies in Honour of Jeremiah Hackett.” (London, 2021). Allen completed her Ph.D. in 2021, and has held visiting fellowships at Oxford University and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. She is currently the Cain Postdoctoral Fellow at the Science History Institute in Philadelphia.
2nd place
Amalia Cerrito
University of Florence – University of Pisa
Virtus Formativa:
Albert the Great on the Dynamics of Configuration and Transmission of the Living
Amalia Cerrito has received her BA (2015) and MA (2017) degrees in Philosophy from the University of Pisa. In 2021, she held her PhD in Philosophy at the University of Pisa and the University of Florence, with a research project in History of Medieval Philosophy on the notion of virtus formativa in Albert the Great. She has published on the interaction between natural philosophy and biblical exegesis in Albert the Great, and on his techniques of commentary in the De vegetabilibus. Her recent publications are devoted to the theoretical background of Albert’s natural philosophy, and to the influence of Neoplatonism on Albert’s zoology, botany, and embryology. Since 2018 she is a member of S.I.S.P. M. (Società Italiana per lo Studio del Pensiero Medievale), and a subject matter expert in the History of Medieval Philosophy at the University of Pisa.

Santorio Award 2020

1st place
Sebestien Kroupa
University of Cambridge
Georg Joseph Kamel (1661–1706)
A Jesuit Pharmacist at the Frontiers of Colonial Empires
Sebastien Kroupa is a historian of early modern science and medicine interested in cross-cultural histories of science and medicine, global circulations of knowledge and objects, early modern natural history, and Jesuit knowledge-making. In addition to serving as lead editor on a special issue of The British Journal for the History of Science on ‘Science and Islands in Indo-Pacific Worlds’. Dr. Kroupa’s academic articles have appeared in journals such as the International History ReviewCentaurus, and Evolutionary Anthropology. He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Wellcome Trust project ‘Renaissance Skin at King’s College, London.
2nd place
Matteo Pace
Columbia University
Of Poets and Physicians
Medical and Scientific Thought from the Sicilian School to Dante (1230-1300)
Matteo Pace is a medievalist specializing in Italian cultures of the 13th and 14th centuries. In his research, he focuses on how Medieval vernacular poetry shaped the reception of Ancient medical thought (especially Aristotle and Galen) through the uses of poetical images centred around the body. He is also interested in how the theories on body and soul informed the ways in which Medieval poetry articulated its tropes and vice versa. His most recent works are on the Aristotelian physiology of perception and memory in the poetry of Giacomo da Lentini and He has been also part of the interdiciplinary project Digital Dante at Columbia University.