Dr Fabrizio Bigotti
Honorary Research Fellow
I am a historian and philosopher of science, with a specialisation in the history of medicine and technology in the early modern period. My work focuses primarily on conceptual history, history of quantification and reconstruction of scientific instruments, but I am more broadly interested in the role that classical and medieval theories played in the development of early modern ideas on logic, method, theory of matter, taxonomy, anatomy and physiology.
I studied at the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’, where I have been awarded a BA in Theoretical Philosophy (2005) and an MA in Philosophy of Science (2008). In 2012 I achieved a PhD in History of Philosophy and History of Ideas with a thesis on the influence of Galen’s medicine and psychology on the late-Renaissance philosophy (Ottimo/Summa cum Laude).
I held positions as Postdoctoral and Research Fellow at The Warburg Institute - University of London, at the University of Exeter, at the Folger Institute in Washington DC, as well as the Edward Worth Library in Dublin. In 2018 I have been awarded a Visiting Professor Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Research in the Humanities (IRH-ICUB) of the University of Bucharest and, in 2019, a Visiting Scientist Fellowship at the Unit of Medical Humanities of the University of Padua. Currently, I am a Senior Research Fellow at the Institut für Geschichte der Medizin, Julius-Maximilians University of Würzburg, working on unpublished sources on sixteenth-century anatomy and anatomical method.
I am the founding director of the 'Centre for the Study of Medicine and the Body in the Renaissance' (CSMBR, http://csmbr.fondazionecomel.org/, launch January 2018), an institute for advanced research in medical humanities and history of science hosted by the Institutio Santoriana - Fondazione Comel and based at the Domus Comeliana in Pisa.
Along with Jonathan Barry, I am also the co-editor of the Series 'Palgrave Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Medicine'.
I have a degree in choral direction and my expertise encompasses areas such as composition, musicology, direction and musical palaeography. In my capacity as a musical director and musicologist, in 2014 I issued the world prémiere CD on the unpublished manuscripts by Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652) discovered at Palazzo Altemps in Rome: "Gregorio Allegri, Opere inedite dai manoscritti della 'Collectio Altaemps’ ", Musica Flexanima Ensemble, TACTUS Records Italy.
I am a specialist in History and Philosophy of Science, with a particular emphasis on the Renaissance and Early Modern Medicine and Technology. I have also a strong background in classics, being an expert in history of ancient philosophy, especially on the tradition of Aristotle's and Galen's works. My academic interests are mainly focused on philosophy of science, history of ideas and history of technology.
I am also a musician and musicologist with a good record of monographs and papers on early music. In fact, as Ensemble Director I have recently issued a CD on the unpublished manuscripts by Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652) discovered at Palazzo Altemps in Rome (Gregorio Allegri, Unpublished Works from the ‘Collectio Altaemps’, Musica Flexanima Ensemble, TACTUS Records Italy, 2014).
In 2018 Dr Fabrizio Bigotti has been appointed Director of the International Centre for the Study of Medicine and the Body in the Renaissance (CSMBR) Pisa for further details see http://csmbr.fondazionecomel.org.
In 2015 Dr Bigotti and Dr Jo Welsman started a series of Seminars called "The Laboratory of Santorio" amining at recreating Santorio's instruments for measurement in medicine.
Dr Bigotti is happy to consider requests for supervision in any aspect of early modern medical history as well as history of science and philosophy. For possible topics, please take a look to the section research interests.
External impact and engagement
For 2018 Fabrizio Bigotti is organising the International Summer School: The Kiln, the Alembic, and the Clockwork. Early Modern Representations of the Body and its Changing Matter, 8-10 August, Domus Comeliana in Pisa (here). For further details please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email directly to Dr Fabrizio Bigotti.
The Centre for Medical History is currently hosting a website and a blog on Dr Bigotti's project. The University of Exeter is also hosting a series of workshops on the theme "The Laboratory of Santorio" (Bigotti-Welsman 2015-2016) aiming at recreating Santorio's instruments for measurement in medicine and understanding the emergence of quantification in science.
Contribution to discipline
Director of the Centre for the Study of Medicine and the Body in the Renaissance (CSMBR) Pisa
Honorary Researh Fellow of the Studio Firmano for the History of Medicine and Science (Studio Firmano - Fermo, Italy)
Corresponding Fellow of the Italian Academy for the History of Medicine (Accademia di Storia dell'Arte Sanitaria - Classe di Scienze Biologiche)
(2018) Visiting Professor Fellowship - Institute for Research in the Humanities IHR-ICUB, University of Bucharest
(2017) Folger Institute Research Fellow (Washington DC)
(2014) Edward Worth Research Fellow (Edwuard Worth Library, Dublin)
(2013) Frances A. Yates Research Fellow (Warburg Institute - School for Advanced Studies, University of London)
(2012-2013) Fellow of the University "La Sapienza" (Rome)
Along with Dr Jo Welsman Dr Bigotti is involved in a series of media events on the life and scientific achievements of Santorio. For an introduction to such an activity please click on this introductory video. A website on the engaged aspect of the project is also available here.
I studied at the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’, where I achieved my BA in Philosophy, with a thesis on Aristotle’s theory of mind (110 e lode/summa cum laude), and the MA in Philosophy of Science, with a thesis on the use of lexical taxonomies in natural history from Aristotle to Linnaeus (110 e lode/summa cum laude).
After awarding the PhD in History of Philosophy and History of Ideas with a thesis on the influence of Galen’s medicine and psychology on the late Renaissance philosophy (ottimo/summa cum laude), in 2012 I moved to the Warburg Institute of London where I studied for a year, thanks to a long-term fellowship granted by ‘La Sapienza’ and then to a short-term fellowship, as Frances A. Yates Fellow, granted by the Warburg Institute. Further to this, in 2014 I awarded a research fellowship by the Edward Worth Library in Dublin and other research grants by the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry (SHAC) and the Scientific Instruments Society (SIS). In 2017 I also awarded the Folger Institute Fellowship (Washington DC, February-May 2017).
Fabrizio Bigotti has also a degree in choral direction at the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music (PIMS) and a wide range of expertise and publications encompassing areas such as composition, choral direction, musicology and musical palaeography.