Bill M. Mak

Bill Mak is a researcher and writer, specialising in history of science in Asia, Buddhist translation, and Sino-Indian studies. He received his B.A. (Hons.) in Linguistics (McGill University) and PhD in Indian Languages and Literature (Peking University). He was Associate Professor at the Institute for Research in Humanities / Hakubi Center for Advanced Research, Kyoto University (2014-2019) and Ho Peng-Yoke Fellow of the Needham Research Institute, Bye Fellow of Robinson College, University of Cambridge (2019-2021). Currently, he is a Fellow at the Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole 饒宗頤學術館, University of Hong Kong, and Research Associate at the Needham Research Institute.

For the past fifteen years, Mak teaches classical texts in Sanskrit and classical Chinese, and delivered over fifty public lectures on Asian cultures and premodern science in over ten countries including Canada, U.S., U.K., Germany, France, Belgium, India, China, and Japan, and Taiwan. His recent works include the co-edited volume Overlapping Cosmologies of Asia published by Brill, and over twenty articles in various academic and scientific journals. He is currently writing a book titled Foreign Astronomy in China, from the Six Dynasties to the Northern Song, to be published by Routledge and the Needham Research Institute in Cambridge, U.K.


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