Paul Grendler



Professor Emeritus


Department of History


University of Toronto


Paul Grendler is one of the most distinguished living scholars of the Renaissance. He received his Ph. D. at the University of Wisconsin in 1964, then taught at the University of Toronto, becoming professor emeritus of history in 1998. He is the author of ten books and editor of two more. His most influential work is Schooling in Renaissance Italy (1989), which explains the origins of the humanities curriculum in the western world. The Universities of the Italian Renissance (2002) examines the organization, research, and teaching of universities that led Europe at the time. The Jesuits and Italian Universities 1548-1773 (2017) studies how Italian universities fought Jesuit attempts to join their ranks. Grendler was editor in chief of The Encyclopedia of the Renaissance, 6 volumes (1999), and The Renaissance: An Encyclopedia for Students, 4 volumes (2004). Grendler’s books have won five prizes, and he was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 2002. Other honors include several fellowships, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Society for Italian Historical Studies, the Paul Oskar Kristeller Award of the Renaissance Society of America, and the Galileo Galilei International Prize, awarded annually to a non-Italian for contributions to scholarship on Italy.