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John Henry

John Henry
Professor Emeritus John Henry
Director Science Studies
F2 Chisholm House High School Yards Edinburgh UK EH1 1LZ
Research Interests
History of western thought, sociology of scientific knowledge, History of science, science and religion


  • BA (University of Leeds)
  • Cert. Ed. (University of Birmingham)
  • M. Phil. (University of Leeds)
  • Ph.D. (Open University)

Biographical statement

John Henry works on the history of science and medicine from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century. He is particularly interested in the relationships of, and interactions between, science, medicine, magic, philosophy and religion in the Renaissance and early modern period. He has recently published a new edition and translation of Jean Fernel's (1497-1558), On the Hidden Causes of Things (1548), a major magical text in the history of Renaissance medicine (publisher's notice). Other recent publications include: The Scientific Revolution and the Origins of Modern Science, Studies in European History. Third Edition, revised (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008, publisher's notice), and A Short History of Scientific Thought (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, publisher's notice).

My Edinburgh Research Explorer listing can be accessed here:

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