Gabriele Ferrario

Visiting Assistant Professor

Gilman 301
410-516-4503
gferrar3@jhu.edu

Biography

Gabriele Ferrario works on medieval sciences, with a particular focus on the Arabo-Islamic and Jewish world. Since 2010, he has been a Research Associate at the Genizah Research Unit (University of Cambridge, UK), where he has worked on a cache of almost 200,000 fragments of medieval manuscripts retrieved from the Genizah (storage room for sacred material) of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Old Cairo. He has recently been lecturing on Medieval Medicine and Sciences at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science (University of Cambridge).

Gabriele graduated at the University of Venice ‘Ca' Foscari’ (Italy) in 2003 and completed a PhD at the same university in 2007. His thesis included an edition and a translation of the Arabic original and the Hebrew version of the medieval alchemical treatise Liber de aluminibus et salibus. He is planning to publish a revised English version of his thesis shortly. He has been a fellow at the Warburg Institute (London; 2007) and at the Chemical Heritage Foundation (Philadelphia, PA; 2008). He also worked as a field researcher for the Schoenberg Database of Medieval Manuscripts and collaborated with the Library of Congress' World Digital Library project.

Gabriele has published articles on Arabic and Hebrew alchemy, among which are : 'The Jews and Alchemy: notes for a problematic approach”, in M. López Pérez, D. Kahn, M. Rey Bueno (eds.), Chymia. Science and Nature in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (Newcastle upon Tyne, 2010), pp. 19–30;‘Understanding the Language of Alchemy: The Medieval Arabic Alchemical Lexicon in Berlin, Staatsbibliothek, Ms Sprenger 1908’, in Digital Proceedings of the Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age, vol. I (2009): Iss. 1, Article 2, and ‘Origins and Transmission of the Liber de aluminibus et salibus’, in L. Principe (ed.), Chymists and Chymistry. Studies in the History of Alchemy and Early Modern Chymistry (Sagamore Beach, MA, 2007), pp. 137–148.