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The 2020 edition of the Santorio Award for Excellence in Research has been awarded to

Sebastien Kroupa (University of Cambridge)  who has been awarded first place for the work:

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 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.


Watch Dr Kroupa’s Santorio Lecture online on Youtube.


Matteo Pace (Columbia University) who has been awarded or the work:

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.

He is presently working on different publications on medicine in the Italian lyric tradition, and on a full-length book project on medieval Italian literature and medical thought in the 13th century. His most recent works are on the Aristotelian physiology of perception and memory in the poetry of Giacomo da Lentini, on medical phenomenology of love and Avicennian physics in Guido Guinizzelli, on Dante’s reception of ethics between philosophical and vernacular traditions, and on Taddeo Alderotti’s vernacular translation of an abridged version of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics. He was also part of Digital Dante at Columbia University, an interdisciplinary digital project on Dante’s work and reception.

Watch Dr Pace’s Santorio Lecture online on Youtube.