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Pamela H. Smith

Pamela H. Smith

Pamela H. Smith is a historian of science specializing in attitudes to nature in early modern Europe (1350-1700), with particular attention to craft knowledge and the role of craftspeople in the Scientific Revolution. She is the Seth Low Professor of History,[1] founding director of the Making and Knowing Project,[2] founding director of the Center for Science and Society,[3] and chair of the Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience,[4] all at Columbia University. Smith is serving a two-year term (2016-2018) as president of the Renaissance Society of America.[5]

Smith received a bachelor's degree from the University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia, in 1979 (First Class Honors), and a PhD from Johns Hopkins University, in 1991.[6] Smith was the Margaret and Edwin F. Hahn Professor in the Social Sciences, and professor of history at Pomona College from 1990-2005 and the director of European Studies at Claremont Graduate University from 1996–2003.

Awards and fellowships

  • Smith was a fellow at Wissenschaftskolleg, the Institute of Advanced Study in Berlin in 1994–1995.[7]
  • In 1995, Smith received the Pfizer Award for her book The Business of Alchemy: Science and Culture in the Holy Roman Empire (1994).[8]
  • Smith was selected as a John S. Guggenheim Foundation fellow in 1997–1998.[9]
  • Smith won the Sidney M. Edelstein international fellowship for research in the history of chemistry in 1997–1998.[10]
  • Smith served as Getty Research Institute Scholar in 2000–2001.[11]
  • In 2003-2004 and 2009–2011, Smith was awarded a New Directions Fellowship by the Andrew Mellon Foundation.[12]
  • Her book, The Body of the Artisan: Art and Experience in the Scientific Revolution (2004) won the 2005 Leo Gershoy Prize awarded by the American Historical Association.[13]
  • Smith was a Samuel H. Kress Paired Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in 2008.[14]
  • Smith was a Fellow at Princeton University's Davis Center for Historical Studies in 2009–2010.[15]

Selected publications


  • The Matter of Art: Materials, Practices, Cultural Logics, c. 1250-1750, co-edited with Christy Anderson, Anne Dunlop, Manchester University Press, 2015. ISBN 978-0-7190-9060-8
  • Ways of Making and Knowing: The Material Culture of Empirical Knowledge, co-edited with Amy Meyers and Harold J. Cook, Bard Graduate Center/University of Michigan Press, 2014. ISBN 978-0-4721-1927-1. Second printing, 2017. ISBN 978-1-9417-9211-7
  • Making Knowledge in Early Modern Europe: Practices, Objects, and Texts, 1400-1800 co-edited with Benjamin Schmidt, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-2267-6329-3
  • The Body of the Artisan: Art and Experience in the Scientific Revolution, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004. ISBN 978-0-2267-6423-8
  • Merchants and Marvels: Commerce, Science and Art in Early Modern Europe, co-edited with Paula Findlen, New York: Routledge, 2002. ISBN 978-0-4159-2816-8
  • The Business of Alchemy: Science and Culture in the Holy Roman Empire, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1994. Paperback edition, 1996; reprint paperback 2016.; reprint paperback 2016. ISBN 978-0-6911-7323-8 (paperback), ISBN 978-0-2267-6426-9 (ebook)


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  5. "RSA Executive Board - Renaissance Society of America". Retrieved 12 September 2017.
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  10. "Edelstein Fellowship". Science History Institute. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  11. "GRI Scholars (Getty Press Release)". Retrieved 15 September 2017.
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  13. "Leo Gershoy Award Recipients | AHA". Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  14. "Kress Fellows 2007" (PDF).
  15. "Shelby Cullom Davis Center Fellows".
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