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Michelle DiMeo

Vice President of Collections and Programs; Arnold Thackray Director of the Othmer Library

Michelle DiMeo is vice president of collections and programs and Arnold Thackray Director of the Othmer Library. She was most recently the associate library director at the Hagley Museum and Library. Previously, she held the position of director of digital library initiatives at the Institute, overseeing the construction and launch of our digital collections platform. She first fell in love with the Othmer Library’s collections when she held an Allington short-term research fellowship here in 2014.

Michelle earned a PhD in history and English from the University of Warwick and a certificate in curation and management of digital assets from the University of Maryland. She is the author of Lady Ranelagh: The Incomparable Life of Robert Boyle’s Sister (University of Chicago Press, 2021), part of the Institute’s Synthesis Book Series.

Michelle is a member of the Science History Institute’s Leadership Team.


  • Allington Fellow, 2013-2014

More from Michelle DiMeo

A black and white photo of a man wearing glasses in a suite and tie pointing at a chalk board. There is a counter filled with glass vessels in the foreground.

The Power of a Teacher

How chemistry offered an international path to survival.

New Biography by Institute’s Library Director Unveils Life and Legacy of Unknown Woman Scientist

Michelle DiMeo’s ‘Lady Ranelagh: The Incomparable Life of Robert Boyle’s Sister’ tells the compelling story of a forgotten 17th-century thinker.

Nature: An Incomparable Intellectual Who Fell through the Cracks of History

Leading science journal reviews book on Lady Ranelagh written by Institute’s library director.

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Dr. Butler and the Quest for the Philosophers’ Stone

How searching for alchemy’s secrets helped create modern science.