HomeSantorio AwardSantorio Award 2022

The 2022 edition of the Santorio Award for Excellence in Research has been awarded to


Meagan Allen (Indiana University Bloomington – Science History Institute, Philadelphia) who has been awarded first place for the work:

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 in 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: Taylor and Francis, 2021).
Allen completed her Ph.D. in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine at Indiana University Bloomington 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.


Amalia Cerrito (University of Florence – University of Pisa) who has been awarded second place for the work:

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 Ph.D. 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.

The winners will receive their medal and diploma on the last day of the VivaMente Conference 2022, on which occasion they will be holding a plenary lecture as Santorio Lecturers.


Honourable Mentions

The Awarding Committee would like to signal three Honourable Mentions:


  • Marina Inì (University of Cambridge) for the work The System of Lazzaretti in the Early Modern Mediterranean


  • Duygu Yildirim (Stanford University) for the work An Age of Perplexity: Translating Nature and Bodies between the Ottoman Empire and Europe (1650-1730)


  • Barbara Di Gennaro (Yale University) for the work: The Reinvention of Theriac. Pharmacy, State and the Market in Italy (1490-1640)