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Leib Celnik

Leib Celnik

Leib Celnik is a historian of science and art and the Postgraduate Fellow in Botanical Art at Dumbarton Oaks. He received his MPhil from the University of Cambridge in history and philosophy of science and his bachelor’s in history of science and art history from Harvard University. In his research, he primarily investigates the intersections of the two fields, especially the history of art conservation and how laboratories became regular fixtures in museums. His projects have previously traced the history of scientific analyses of Greek and Roman marble sculptures and the history of synthetic dye use in Japanese woodblock prints. He frequently works with and teaches methods in digital scholarship to produce and visualize data, including for HarvardX’s Introduction to Digital Humanities course.

Cork oak (Quercus suber) pasture near Arcos de la Frontera, Cádiz, Spain.

Plant of the Month: Cork

Why is cork so strongly associated with bottle stoppers? The answer goes back centuries.