The Vesalius Census


Team Members

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Dániel Margócsy

Dániel Margócsy (PhD Harvard, 2009) is University Lecturer in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. His research focuses on the cultural and social history of early modern science, medicine, and technology. He is the author of Commercial Visions: Science, Trade, and Visual Culture in the Dutch Golden Age (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014), co-editor of two special issues on States of Secrecy (British Journal for the History of Science 45, 2012) and Breaking Scientific Networks (Social Studies of Science 47, 2017), and numerous articles and book chapters. For more information, visit his website


Mark SOmos

Mark Somos (PhD Harvard, 2007; PhD Lugd. Bat., 2014) is Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Heidelberg), Senior Visiting Research Fellow at Sussex Law School, and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Grotiana. He is the author of Secularisation and the Leiden Circle (Leiden: Brill, 2011), co-editor of Trust and Happiness in the History of European Political Thought (Leiden: Brill, 2017), and published over thirty peer-reviewed scholarly papers. Mark is currently working on the historical foundations of public and international law.

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STephen N. JOffe

Stephen N. Joffe, BSc, MBBCh, MD, FACS, FCS (SA), FRCS (Edinburgh), FRCS (Glasgow), FACG, is an Esteemed Quondam Professor of Surgery and Medicine at University of Cincinnati Medical Center, a position he has held since 1990 and previously from 1980 he was a full-time tenured Professor of Surgery and Medicine and Divisional Director of Gastro-Intestinal and Endocrine Surgery. He is also a Guest Professor in History of Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Stephen has held faculty appointments at the Universities of London, Glasgow and holds fellowships of the American College of Surgeons and the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Glasgow and the South African College of Surgeons. He is a member or fellow, past and current of 80 societies, has published over 180 articles in peer reviewed and scientific journals and 40 chapters for books, including being author and editor of nine books on lasers and their application to medicine and surgery, with a bibliophilic interest and rare book collection of the early anatomists and the history of medicine. He was Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of LCA-Vision. Nasdaq: (LCAV).  He was also the founder of the Company’s corporate predecessor, Laser Centers of America, Inc. and served as its Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. He is presently the Chief Executive Officer of the Joffe Foundation, a non-profit charity and Co-Chairman of Joffe Medicenter, LLC, a healthcare services company, a Board member of the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Board Member of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.