I have investigated the "rise of modern science" in early modern Europe, especially through the eyes of the medical community. I have helped to pioneer the use of the medical marketplace as a historical tool of investigation, and more recently, through examinations of the Dutch experience, have been especially interested in the connections between the rise of global commerce and the development of a global science. This has also led me to global and environmental history.

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Hal Cook comes from the American Midwest, although he is now a British as well as US citizen, having devoted almost a decade to his work as Professor of the History of Medicine and Director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL. He previously taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Harvard University, and has served the communities of the history of medicine and science through their professional societies and editorial work. He takes a general interest in the history of medicine and related subjects, especially in the early modern period; his research has been mostly on the 17th century, in recent years focusing on the relationships between commerce, medicine, and science in the Dutch Golden Age. He has held several fellowships and has been the recipient of a number of honors and awards, including two book prizes: the Welch Medal of the American Association for the History of Medicine (1997) and the Pfizer Prize of the History of Science Society (2009).

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