Dániel Margócsy

margocsy at gmail dot com

I am Reader in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. Previously, I was a tenured associate professor at Hunter College (the City University of New York) and a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University. I received my PhD from Harvard University in 2009.

My research focuses on the cultural history of science in the years between 1500 and 1800. I study how political, economic, and cultural factors shaped the development of early modern natural history and medicine.

I am the author of two books. My first book, Commercial Visions: Science, Trade and Visual Culture in the Dutch Golden Age (University of Chicago Press, 2014), examined the impact of global trade on cultural production in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. My second book, The Fabrica of Andreas Vesalius: A Worldwide Descriptive Census, Ownership, and Annotations of the 1543 and 1555 Editions (Brill, 2018, co-authored with Mark Somos and Stephen N. Joffe), reconstructs the reception history of Andreas Vesalius' De humani corporis fabrica, the first major printed atlas of anatomy. It documents and analyzes the ownership history and annotations of all the surviving copies of those two editions that Vesalius personally supervised.

I have edited two special issues on Breaking Scientific Networks (Social Studies of Science 47/3, 2017, with Bill Rankin) and on States of Secrecy (British Journal for the History of Science 45/2, 2012, with Koen Vermeir), and authored a number of articles on the development of taxonomy, cabinets of curiosities, the visual culture of science, the interaction of arts and science, and the history of the book.

I was a visiting fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in May-June 2016, a visiting fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin in January 2014, and the Birkelund fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library in 2012/3.