The Bill Kent Foundation Fund

Bill Kent

A Foundation Fund has been established to honour the life and work of Emeritus Professor Bill Kent.

Bill Kent’s career was long and distinguished. He was a widely published historian of Renaissance history, and a world authority on Lorenzo de’ Medici.

In 1989 he was appointed to a Personal Chair in History, and in 2000 he became Founding Director of the Monash University Centre in Prato.

In 2005 he returned to Monash Clayton to take up an Australian Professorial Fellowship. In 2010 he retired and was appointed an Emeritus Professor at Monash University.

As a legendary teacher and scholar, Bill Kent has established Monash University as a centre for Renaissance studies with an enviable international reputation.

“Renaissance Florence”, a course with which his name is almost synonymous, has inspired generations of satisfied students and trained a number of scholars in the field. His scholarship is internationally recognised.

He was a Fellow and several times Visiting Professor at the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies (Villa i Tatti) in Florence.

Emeritus Professor Kent’s other honours include the Christensen Visiting Fellowship at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, the Schouler Lectures in History at the Johns Hopkins University, and membership of the Australian Academy of Humanities since 1982. I

n 2004 he succeeded his mentor, Nicolai Rubinstein, as General Editor of the critical edition of Leorenzo de’Medici’s correspondence.

From 2006-2009 he was founding chair of the editorial board of Europa Sacra, a series published by the distinguished academic publisher Brepols (Turnhout, Belgium) under the auspices of the Faculty of Arts.

Bill Kent’s contribution to Monash University, to generations of its students, and to colleagues and the scholarly community more generally, was generous and immeasurable.

His vision and drive were unfailing, and most recently have led to the establishment of the Prato Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

At the Consortium’s hub is a specialist library – The Bill Kent Library – which incorporates the collection bequeathed by Nicolai and Ruth Rubinstein to the Warburg Institute and subsequently purchased by Monash.

The Bill Kent Fund will have a broad mandate to support the development and maintenance of the Bill Kent Library at the Monash University centre in Prato, as well as supporting initiatives such as conferences, scholarships, fellowships in the area of Medieval and Renaissance studies.

Visit the donation website to give make an online gift to the Bill Kent Foundation Fund.