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Catherine Abou-Nemeh

Lecturer in Early Modern History, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington

Catherine Abou-Nemeh is a historian of science, medicine, and technology of early modern Europe at Victoria University of Wellington. In her research and teaching, she explores the relationship between empirical and natural philosophical traditions in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe. Her work focuses especially on connections among artisanal practice, textual authority, material culture—and the artisan-philosophers who combined these in the study of nature. She is writing an intellectual biography of the Dutch lens-maker and natural philosopher Nicolas Hartsoeker (1656-1725). Her research has appeared in "Reading Newton in Early Modern Europe" (Brill, 2017), "The Life Sciences in Early Modern Philosophy" (Oxford University Press, 2014), and "History of Science" (2013). She is also the editor of "History and Philosophy of Science," a book series of Springer Press.

Ph.D. and M.A. History, with specialisation in History of Science, Princeton University
B.Sc. (Hons) Northwestern University


  • –present
    Lecturer in Early Modern History, Victoria University of Wellington


  • 2012 
    Princeton University, Ph.D. in History