The Scholar as Hero
Anthony Grafton is the Henry Putnam University Professor of History and the chair of the Council of the Humanities. He joined the Princeton History Department in 1975 after earning his A.B. (1971) and Ph.D. (1975) in history from the University of Chicago and spending a year at University College London. Grafton has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (1989), the Los Angeles Times Book Prize (1993), the Balzan Prize for History of Humanities (2002), and the Mellon Foundation’s Distinguished Achievement Award (2003). His many publications on the cultural history and philosophy of the Renaissance include: Defenders of the Text: The Traditions of Scholarship in an Age of Science, 1450-1800 (1991); The Footnote: A Curious History (1997); Cardano’s Cosmos: The Worlds and Works of a Renaissance Astrologer (1999); Leon Battista Alberti: Master Builder of the Italian Renaissance (2000); Bring Out Your Dead: The Past as Revelation (2002); and most recently the essay collection Worlds Made by Words: Scholarship and Community in the Modern West (2009).