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Kibre, Pearl (1900–1985) - Medieval History

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Pearl Kibre was born in Philadelphia on September 2, 1900, to Kenneth and Jane (du Pione) Kibre. The family moved to California, and Pearl attended the Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles. She obtained a B.A. and an M.A. from Berkeley, studying under Louis J. Paetow. In 1937 she received a Ph.D. from Columbia University. She taught mainly at Hunter College in New York until her retirement in 1970. She was elected a fellow of the Medieval Academy of America in 1964. In 1976 she was honored with a commemorative volume, Science, Medicine and the University, 1200–1500 , published in Manuscripta . Her specialties were the organization of medieval universities, codicology, and the problems of medieval science and medicine.

Pearl Kibre was a member of the United States Subcommission for the History of Universities within the International Committee of Historical Sciences and a member of the editorial board of Medieval and Renaissance Latin Translations and Commentaries . In 1936 she published The Library of Pico della Mirandola , followed by A Catalogue of Incipits of Mediaeval Scientific Writings in Latin in 1937. In 1948 she published The Nations in the Mediaeval Universities , and in 1962 Scholarly Privileges in the Middle Ages. Hippocrates Latinus was published in eight installments in Traditio from 1975 to 1982 and eventually published in book form by Fordham University Press. Kibre died in New York City on July 15, 1985.

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