Zhmud Leonid J.

Leonid Zhmud was born in 1956 in Lvov (Ukraine). Having completed his military service in 1977, he studied at the Department of Ancient History, Leningrad University. Having graduated from the University in 1982, he taught history at a school for three years. From 1985-1987 he was a doctoral student at the Institute for the History of Science and Technology (USSR Academy of Sciences). In 1988 he obtained his Ph.D. in history at Leningrad University and in 1995 his D.Sc. degree in philosophy at the same university. From 1987 he has been working at the Institute for the History of Science and Technology in St. Petersburg, currently as leading academic researcher. In 1989, together with Lev Lurje, he founded the first Classical High School in Leningrad (Gymnasium Classicum Petropolitanum), where he worked as a principal in 1989-1990 and as vice-principal in 1992-1996.

In 1990-1992, he was the Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at Constance University (Germany), with subsequent renewals in the summer months of 1993, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2010. In 1995-1996, he was a Junior fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies (Washington, DC), in 1998 (winter), he received a visiting fellowship at Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (Paris), and in 1998-1999, he was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, N.J.). In 2000-2001, he was a fellow of the Wellcome Trust for the History of Medicine (London), in 2002-2003, a fellow of Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, and in 2006-2007, a fellow of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, Wassenaar.

Research interests: Presocratics, early Greek science and medicine, classical Greek philosophy and religion.