In the autumn of 2012, historian Harold Cook was taking up a fellowship at the KB and the NIAS.
Lecture Harold Cook
Listen to Harold Cook's public lecture Assessing the Truth which took place in the evening of Wednesday 16 January 2013.
This is the ninth time that the KB fellowship position has been filled by a world-renowned academic. During his fellowship, Cook will be conducting research into networks in the seventeenth century, using the KB's extensive collection of letters by and to Gijsbert Cuper (1644-1716).
Harold Cook is a historian at Brown University. Up until 2009, he was director of the prestigious Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College London. He has also lectured at a number of institutions, including Harvard University. Cook has received many prizes, including two for his books: the "Welch Medal of the American Association for the History of Medicine" (1997) and the "Pfizer Prize of the History of Science Society" (2009). Much of his research is on the seventeenth century, with a particular focus on the relationships between trade, medicine and science in the Dutch Golden Age.
Research into correspondence
During his coming months in the KB, Cook will be studying the large collection of manuscripts of Gijsbert Cuper, professor at the Athenaeum Illustre in Deventer. Cuper's extensive correspondence at the end of the seventeenth and beginning of the eighteenth centuries made him a key figure in the study of archaeology, classical literature and ancient history.
Harold Cook will be expanding on this research at the NIAS in Wassenaar and will present his findings in a closing public lecture entitled Knowledge Networks?, which is organised in collaboration with Historisch Nieuwsblad magazine. This lecture, entitled Knowledge Networks? Communicating by Letter in the 17th-century, will take place on 16 January 2013 in the Aula of the National Library of the Netherlands. The text of the lecture will be published by Primavera Pers.
KB and NIAS collaboration
Harold Cook is the ninth in a row of renowned researchers to be appointed fellow at the KB and NIAS since 2005. With this fellowship, the KB is drawing attention to its role as research library, and in particular the opportunities for research offered by its collections, and the NIAS (Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences) is highlighting itself as a prominent, international and interdisciplinary community of top researchers.