11 Facts About Robert Darnton


Robert Choate Darnton was born on May 10,1939 and is an American cultural historian and academic librarian who specializes in 18th-century France.


Robert Darnton was director of the Harvard University Library from 2007 to 2016.


Robert Darnton graduated from Phillips Academy in 1957 and Harvard University in 1960, attended Oxford University on a Rhodes scholarship, and earned a PhD in history from Oxford in 1964, where he studied with Richard Cobb, among others.


Robert Darnton worked as reporter at The New York Times from 1964 to 1965.


Robert Darnton was a Junior Fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows from 1965 to 1968.


Robert Darnton was president of the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies from 1987 to 1991, where he founded the East-West Seminar, now continued as the International Seminar for Early Career Scholars.


Robert Darnton served as president of the American Historical Association in 1999, where he founded the Gutenberg-e Program, sponsored by Mellon Foundation.


Robert Darnton is a trustee of the New York Public Library, where he designed and helped launch the Dorothy and Lewis B Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.


Robert Darnton is a pioneer in the field of the history of the book, and has written about electronic publishing.


Robert Darnton was later elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1980 and the American Philosophical Society in 1989.


Robert Darnton's brother is the retired New York Times editor and author John Darnton, and his father was the war correspondent Byron Darnton.