Francesca Rochberg awarded prestigious Francis Bacon Medal

May 1, 2023

Francesca Rochberg, Catherine and William L. Magistretti Distinguished Professor (emerita) of Near Eastern Studies, was awarded the California Institute of Technology’s prestigious Francis Bacon Award in the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology for 2022.

Offered biennially, the Francis Bacon Award is bestowed on an outstanding scholar whose work continues to have a substantial impact in the history of science, the history of technology, or historically-engaged philosophy of science.

The winner of the Bacon Award is invited to spend one term as a visiting professor at Caltech to teach and lead a biennial conference that brings together specialists in the area of the Bacon Visiting Professor’s specific interests. Rochberg will offer a conference titled Thematic Continuities in Astronomy and Astrology from Antiquity to the Renaissance: A Conference in Memory of Noel M. Swerdlow.

Rochberg joins a prominent list of previous awardees, such as Jürgen Renn, director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, Germany, and John Krige, Kranzberg Professor at Georgia Tech.

Prof. Rochberg will deliver the The Ninth Biennial Francis Bacon Conference Lecture on May 19, 2023, at CalTech. Click here to view the event flyer for more details.