All members of Darwin are encouraged to present their research at informal seminars held on Tuesdays and Thursdays during term. Everyone is welcome, whatever your degree or discipline.
Darwin members pick up lunch from 12:00, taking it into the Richard King Room (on the left at the top of the stairs leading to the dining hall) or 1 Newnham Terrace (straight through at the far end of the dining hall). Wine is served. Non-Darwin members are welcome to attend, although lunch is only available to guests of members. The talk begins at about 1:15 and lasts for about 20 minutes and is followed by questions over coffee. We adjourn at 2:00pm at the latest.
Charles Malik (1906-1987) was a Lebanese diplomat and a dogged advocate of human rights at the United Nations. One of the signatories to the United Nations Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948, Malik succeeded Eleanor Roosevelt as chair of the Commission on Human Rights (HRC). Malik was also an academic philosopher who followed the teachings of Alfred North Whitehead and Martin Heidegger and held the chair in philosophy at the American University of Beirut. The presentation will explore the late career of Malik, and his itinerary during the Lebanese Wars of the 1970s and 1980s.
Lewis of Caerleon was educated in Cambridge (Bachelor of Medicine, 1465–66), and became a Doctor of Medicine in 1481. He served as the physician of Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort and her son Henry, future King Henry VII, during the troubled times of the Wars of the Roses. Faithful to the Lancastrian faction, he was incarcerated in the Tower of London by Richard III in 1484. In parallel with his career as a court physician, Lewis of Caerleon devoted a part of his life to the production of astronomical materials. His scientific production is mainly related to a particular astronomical phenomenon: eclipses. During three decisive moments of his career, he created sets of parallax and eclipse tables as well as canons (which are rules to use the tables). These works were likely offered to his wealthy patrons as some extant manuscripts testify. Although he innovated in creating new tools, the physician relied on important earlier sources and authorities. Thankfully, four manuscripts allow to precisely retrace the elaboration of his astronomical production, from the earliest drafts to the presentation copies of his works. Overall, these sources provide an exceptional case study of a late medieval astronomer at work, and I will explore in my talk the development of Lewis of Caerleon's astronomical agenda and his sources.