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Dr Fabrizio Bigotti

History of Medicine

University of Exeter



Dr Fabrizio Bigotti is an intellectual historian with a specialization in the history and philosophy of science, medicine and technology. His research emphasises the connection between ancient, medieval and early modern philosophy, especially as it relates to the vitality of Aristotelianism and Galenism in areas such as the theory of matter, taxonomy, anatomy and physiology.

Fabrizio studied at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, where he achieved his BA in Philosophy (110 and lode/summa cum laude), and his MA in the Philosophy of Science (110 and lode/summa cum laude). After obtaining his PhD in the History of Philosophy and the History of Ideas (ottimo/summa cum laude), he moved to the Warburg Institute of London, UK, in 2012 where he studied for a year, thanks to a long-term fellowship granted by the Sapienza University of Rome, and then to a short-term fellowship by the Warburg Institute as Francis A. Yates Fellow.

Subsequently, in 2014, he was awarded a research fellowship by the Edward Worth Library in Dublin and several other research grants by the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry (SHAC) and the Scientific Instruments Society (SIS) that allowed him to begin his studies on the legacy of statics experiments and Santorio’s scientific instruments in European Medicine, especially in the eighteenth century. Since 2015, he has been Wellcome Trust Fellow at the Centre for Medical History of the University of Exeter, UK, and in 2017 he was also awarded the Folger Shakespeare Fellowship (Washington DC).

Fabrizio has published widely, both in Italian and English, on subjects such as the theory of matter, medical instrumentation, Aristotle and Aristotelianism, Galen and Galenist taxonomy, early modern anatomy and physiology.

He also has a degree in choral direction from the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music (PIMS), Vatican City, and he has a wide range of expertise and publications encompassing areas such as composition, musicology and musical palaeography. With reference to the latter interest, in his capacity as a musical director, he issued the World Première CD on the unpublished manuscripts by Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652) discovered at the Palazzo Altemps in Rome: Gregorio Allegri, Opere inedite dai manoscritti della ‘Collectio Altaemps’, Musica Flexanima Ensemble, TACTUS Records Italy, 2014.