February 19 and 20, 2015
Lincoln and Slocum Rooms, Lilly Library
Dr. William Noel is Director of the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, and Director of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, positions he took up in September 2012. Before that, he was Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books at the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. He received his Ph.D. in 1993 from Cambridge University.
Dr. Noel has published widely. He is the author of The Harley Psalter, Cambridge Studies in Palaeography and Codicology, vol. 4 (Cambridge, 1995), and he is the co-editor and contributor to the exhibition catalogue The Utrecht Psalter in Medieval Art: Picturing the Psalms of David (London, 1996). Dr. Noel has directed an international program to conserve, image and study the Archimedes Palimpsest, the unique source for three treatise by the ancient Greek mathematician. He has co-written a popular account of the project, entitled The Archimedes Codex, together with Prof. Reviel Netz, which published by Wiedenfeld and Nicolson (2007). Dr. Noel is also the curator of the exhibition "Lost and Found: The Secrets of Archimedes" and the co-editor of the two-volume publication by Cambridge University Press (2011) called The Archimedes Palimpsest. He was the project director in the creation of full digital surrogates of the Walters Art Museum's holdings of illuminated Islamic, English, Dutch, Central European, Armenian, Byzantine and Ethiopian, and Flemish manuscripts. Dr. Noel has also taught and lectured widely. In 2013, he was honored as a White House Open Science Champion of Change. He is on the Faculty of Rare Book School, University of Virginia, a TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) speaker, and a FOO (Friends of O'Reilly) camp veteran.