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Author photo. Lisa Jardine [credit: The Royal Society]

Lisa Jardine [credit: The Royal Society]

Lisa Jardine (1944–2015)

Author of Worldly Goods: A New History of the Renaissance

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Lisa Jardine was born in Oxford, England on April 12, 1944. She studied mathematics and English at university receiving a MA in the literary theory of translation from the University of Essex and a PhD from the University of Cambridge with a thesis on the scientific genius of Francis Bacon. She taught English at Warburg Institute, the University of Essex, Cornell University, Cambridge University, and Queen Mary and Westfield College. She wrote several books during her lifetime including Francis Bacon: Discovery and the Art of Discourse, Ingenious Pursuits, Worldly Goods, Global Interests: Renaissance Art Between East and West, and Temptation in the Archives: Essays in Golden Age Dutch Culture. Going Dutch: How England Plundered Holland's Glory won the $75,000 Cundill International Prize in History in 2009. She received a Royal Society medal for popularizing science and was appointed CBE in 2005 for her contribution and commitment to state education. She died of cancer on October 25, 2015 at the age of 71. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Lisa Jardine, née Bronowski, is the eldest child of the late scientist Jacob Bronowski and sculptor Rita Coblentz. Although divorced from her first husband, Nicholas Jardine, she continues to use his surname professionally. She's married to architect John Hare. She is the long-standing Centenary Professor of Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary, University of London. She has been Head of the School of English and Drama, and Dean of Arts, and Director of the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and an Honorary Fellow of King's College, Cambridge and Jesus College, Cambridge. She is a Trustee of the Victoria & Albert Museum and also sits on the Michael Faraday Prize Committee of the Royal Society. Professor Jardine writes and reviews for all the major UK national newspapers and magazines as well as for the Washington Post, and has appeared regularly on arts, history, and current affairs programs on TV and radio. She judged the 1999 Guardian First Book Award, the 2000 Orwell Prize, and was Chair of Judges for the 1997 Orange Prize and the 2002 Man Booker Prize. She's published more than 50 scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals and written numerous books, many of them best-sellers. Her book Going Dutch: How England Plundered Holland's Glory, won the 2009 Cundill Prize in History at McGill University, the most valuable history book prize in the world. In 2008, she was appointed chair of the UK Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA). In December 2011 she was appointed a Director of The National Archives and an Honorary Bencher of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple. In 2013-14 she will serve as President of the British Science Association.
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