Katharine Park

Katharine Park is a Radcliffe Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University. She specializes in the history of gender, sexuality, and the female body in medieval and Renaissance Europe, as well as categories and practices of experience and observation in the Middle Ages. She finished an MPhil in the combined historical studies of the Renaissance at the Warburg Institute, University of London after she was awarded a Marshall Scholarship in 1974 before earning a PhD in the history of science at Harvard in 1981.


Wonders of Nature which she co-authored with Lorraine Daston won the Pfizer Award of the History of Science Society for the best book in the history of science in 1999; the book was translated into Italian and German.[1]

Her most recent book, Secrets of Women, won the Margaret W. Rossiter History of Women in Science Prize in 2007.[2]


  • Doctors and Medicine in Early Renaissance Florence, Princeton University Press, 1985
  • Wonders and the Order of Nature, 1150-1750 with Lorraine Daston, Zone Books, 1998, ISBN 9780942299908
  • Secrets of Women: Gender, Generation, and the Origins of Human Dissection, Zone Books, 2006, ISBN 9781890951672
  • Katharine Park; Lorraine Daston, eds. (2006). The Cambridge History of Science; volume 3: Early Modern Science. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521572446.

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