David C. Lindberg

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David Lindberg
Born(1935-11-15)November 15, 1935
DiedJanuary 6, 2015(2015-01-06) (aged 79)
AwardsGeorge Sarton Medal (1999)
Academic background
EducationNorthwestern University (BS)
Indiana University (PhD)
ThesisJohn Pecham and the Science of Optics: Perspectiva communis (1970)
Academic work
DisciplineHistory and philosophy of science
InstitutionsUniversity of Michigan
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Institute for Advanced Study

David Charles Lindberg (November 15, 1935 – January 6, 2015) was an American historian of science. His main focus was in the history of medieval and early modern science, especially physical science and the relationship between religion and science. Lindberg was the author or editor of many books and received numerous grants and awards. He also served as president of the History of Science Society and in 1999 was the recipient of its Sarton medal.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Lindberg was born on November 15, 1935, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.[2] He would go on to obtain a degree in physics from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in history and philosophy of science from Indiana University.


Lindberg was the Hilldale Professor Emeritus of History of Science and past director of the Institute for Research in the Humanities, at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Lindberg was the author or editor of more than a dozen books, received grants and awards from organizations that included the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, the History of Science Society, the Medieval Academy of America, and the University of Wisconsin–Madison. With Ronald Numbers, he co-edited two anthologies on the relationship between religion and science. Also with Numbers, Lindberg was general editor of the eight-volume Cambridge History of Science and with Michael Shank editor of its volume on medieval science. He served as president of the History of Science Society and was awarded its highest prize for lifetime scholarly achievement: the Sarton medal.[1]

Selected publications[edit]

  • John Pecham and the Science of Optics: Perspectiva Communis (1970) ISBN 978-0-299-05730-5
  • Theories of Vision from al-Kindi to Kepler (1976) ASIN B000OPS4RC; (1996) ISBN 978-0-226-48235-4
  • Science in the Middle Ages (1978) ISBN 978-0-226-48233-0
  • Studies in the History of Medieval Optics (1983) ISBN 978-0-86078-134-9
  • Roger Bacon's Philosophy of Nature (1983) ISBN 978-0-19-858164-2; (1997) ISBN 978-1-890318-75-8
  • The Genesis of Kepler's Theory of Light: Light Metaphysics from Plotinus to Kepler (1976) ASIN B00073BMM0
  • God and Nature (editor, with Ronald Numbers) (1986) ISBN 978-0-520-05538-4
  • Reappraisals of the Scientific Revolution (editor, with Robert S. Westman) (1990) ISBN 978-0-521-34804-1
  • The Beginnings of Western Science, 600 B.C. to A.D. 1450 (1992) ISBN 978-0-226-48231-6
  • Roger Bacon and the Origins of Perspectiva in the Middle Ages (1996) ISBN 978-0-19-823992-5
  • When Science and Christianity Meet (editor, with Ronald Numbers) (2003) ISBN 978-0-226-48214-9


  1. ^ a b "ACMRS Distinguished Lecture - Lindberg". Archived from the original on 2003-01-18. Retrieved 2007-07-02.
  2. ^ "David Charles Lindberg Obituary - Visitation & Funeral Information". www.gundersonfh.com. Retrieved 2022-11-18.

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