The purpose of this collection is to provide summary descriptions of the set of scholars and literati who intervened in teaching at the European universities and academies  since their inception to the eve of the Industrial Revolution (1800).

One of the benefit of this collection will be to see all of the contributions together, enabling quick comparisons across institutions.

This collection has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 883033 “Did elite human capital trigger the rise of the West? Insights from a new database of European scholars”.


Editor-in-Chief: Prof. David de la Croix

Co-editor: Dr. Mara Vitale

Editorial assistant: Virginie Leblanc, Sébastien Schillings