Florence C. Hsia

Professor of History of Science, Associate Vice Chancellor for Arts, and Humanities Assistant Dean, Graduate School



Office: 4123 Mosse Humanities
Mailbox: 4028 Mosse Humanities
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
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Florence C. Hsia


My interests include history of early modern science; cross-cultural scientific exchange, especially between Europe and Asia; science and religion; science and print culture; scientific archives and data practices.

A book project underway is tentatively titled Darkness at Noon: Chinese Astronomy and the Origins of European Sinology.


Ph.D., University of Chicago, History, 1999
M.A., University of Chicago, History, 1995
A.B., Princeton University, East Asian Studies, 1990


Selected Publications

  • “Astronomy after the deluge,” in Science in the archives: pasts, presents, futures, ed. by Lorraine Daston, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017, 17-52.
  • “Chinese Astronomy for the Early Modern European Reader,” Early Science and Medicine 13:5 (2008), 417-450.
  • “Athanasius Kircher’s China illustrata (1667): an apologia pro vita sua” section in Paula Findlen, ed., Athanasius Kircher: The Last Man Who Knew Everything (Routledge, 2004).

Advisor To

History Courses

  • Hist Sci 201 – The Origins of Scientific Thought