Henrique Leitão

Principal Researcher
Departament of History and Philosophy of Sciences, FCUL

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Research interests

  • History of exact science, 15th to 17th c.;
  • History of the cientific book;
  • History of science in Portugal, 15th to 17th c.

Projects

As leader

  • Head of the scientific commission for the publication of the complete Works of Pedro Nunes; project of Academia das Ciências de Lisboa, supported by Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian. 2002-

As member

  • "Paving the way for integrated archival and collection-based research in the history of science: Preservation, access and case-studies of the collections of the Museum of Science (University of Lisbon)", (PTDC/HAH/64181/2006), 2008-2011.
  • "History of games in Portugal", (PTDC/HCT/70823/2006), 2008 - 2011.
  • “On the instruments' trail: Exploring Royal Cabinets of Natural Philosophy in Portugal (18th-19th century)", (PTDC/HIS-HCT/098970/2008), 2010-2013.
  • Consultor do Projecto «Dioscórides e o Humanismo Português: os Comentários de Amato Lusitano». PTDC/CLE-LLI/101238/2008
  • "Francisco de Melo e a Tradição Euclidiana em Portugal", (FCT EXPL/IVC-HFC/1290/2012), 2013 - 2014

Publications (selection)

  1. Joaquim Alves Gaspar & Henrique Leitão, "Squaring the circle: how Mercator constructed his projection in 1569", Imago Mundi: The International Journal for the History of Cartography, vol. 66, n.1, 2014, p. 1-24.
  2. Henrique Leitão (tradução, estudo e notas), Galileu Galilei. Sidereus Nuncius: O Mensageiro das Estrelas (Lisboa: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, 2010).
  3. Walter Alvarez and Henrique Leitão, «The neglected early history of geology: the Copernican Revolution as a major advance in understanding the Earth», Geology, 38 (2010) 231-234.
  4. Henrique Leitão, Os Descobrimentos Portugueses e a Ciência Europeia (Lisboa: Alêtheia, Fundação Champallimaud, 2009), com uma versão em língua inglesa: The Portuguese Discoveries and the Science in Europe, trad. por William Gallagher (Lisboa: Alêtheia, Champallimaud Foundation, 2009).
  5. Henrique Leitão, «Pedro Nunes against Oronce Fine: Content and context of a refutation», in Alexander Marr (ed.), The Worlds of Oronce Fine: Mathematics, Instruments, and Print in Renaissance France (Donington: Shaun Tyas, 2009), pp. 156-171.
  6. Henrique de Sousa Leitão (Comissário científico), Lígia de Azevedo Martins (coordenação técnica), Sphaera Mundi: A Ciência na «Aula da Esfera». Manuscritos Científicos do Colégio de Santo Antão nas colecções da BNP, (Lisboa: Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, 2008).
  7. Palmira Fontes da Costa, Henrique Leitão, «Portuguese Imperial Science: A Historiographical Review», in Daniela Bleichmar, Paula de Vos, Kristin Huffine, Kevin Sheehan (eds.), Science in the Spanish and Portuguese Empires, 1500-1800 (Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2008), pp. 35-53 (notes, pp. 335-343).
  8. Henrique Leitão, «The contents and context of Manuel Dias’ Tianwenlüe», in Luís Saraiva, Catherine Jami (eds.), History of Mathematical Sciences: Portugal end the East, III. The Jesuits, the Padroado and East Asian Science (1552-1773) (Singapore: World Scientific, 2008), pp. 99-121.
  9. Henrique Leitão, «Maritime discoveries and the discovery of Science: Pedro Nunes and Early Modern Science», in Victor Navarro Brotóns, William Eamon (eds.), Más allá de la Leyenda Negra: España y la Revolución Científica. Beyond the Black Legend: Spain and the Scientific Revolution (Valencia: Instituto de Historia de la Ciencia y Documentación López Piñero, Universitat de València – C.S.I.C., 2007), pp. 89-104.
  10. Conceição Tavares, Henrique Leitão, Bibliografia de História da Ciência em Portugal, 2000-2004 (Lisboa: Centro de História das Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, 2006).

Scientific societies and other institutions

  • Division of the History of Science and Technology (DHST) of the International Union for History and Philosophy of Science (IUHPS): National contact person (Portugal).
  • Académie Internationale d'Histoire des Sciences: 'Membre effectif'.
  • Academia das Ciências de Lisboa: correspondent member.