Professor Charles Coulston Gillispie passes away at the age of 97

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Charles Gillispie, professor of History at Princeton University, died Tuesday October 6, in Princeton, New Jersey at the age of 97.

He joined the Princeton faculty after graduating from Harvard University with a PhD in history. Professor Gillispie was a recognized expert in the life and setting of scientific technological activity in 18th century France. He wrote among others, two books (Science and Polity in France at the End of the Old Regime and Science and Polity in France: The Revolutionary and Napoleonic Years) in which he analyzed the cultural, political, and technical factors that encouraged scientific productivity at the end of the 18th century in France.

He established in 1960 Princeton’s Program in History of Science and also served as chair of the Department of History. Furthermore, Gillispie was a founding adviser for the Sachs scholarship, a grant reserved each year for two Princeton seniors.

Charles Gillispie received numerous honors during his career including the International Balzan Prize for History and Philosophy of Science in 1997 and the History of Science Society’s George Sarton Medal in 1984 for lifetime scholarly achievement.

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