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The Great Might-Have-Been: a Chinese Visitor to Robert Boyle

Wednesday, April 6, 2011 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Historical Library, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, Sterling Hall of Medicine, 333 Cedar Street

Yale historian Jonathan Spence will present the keynote address for the 63rd annual lecture sponsored by the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library Associates.

Spence, one of the world’s leading experts on Chinese history and culture, is the author of more than a dozen books. His most famous book The Search for Modern China charts the history of China from the fall of the Ming dynasty through the Tiananmen Square uprising. It became a New York Times bestseller and continues to be a standard text on Chinese history from the 17th century. Notable other titles include The Gate of Heavenly Peace: the Chinese and Their Revolution, Return to Dragon Mountain: Memories of a Late Ming Man, Treason by the Book, and Mao Zedong.

Spence was born in England and graduated from Clare College at the University of Cambridge. He received his Ph.D. from Yale and joined the Yale faculty as an assistant professor in 1966. He became the George Burton professor of history in 1976 and Sterling professor of history in 1993.