Daniel Welch

 Daniel Welch
Mentor: Dr. Howard Louthan
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
"I became involved with research in order to work closely with faculty members on topics that developed my interests in medicine, history, and the academic process as a whole. The University Scholars Program will allow me to conduct independent research in London that will serve as the basis for an honors thesis in History."


Biology, History



Research Interests

  • Medical History
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • European History

Academic Awards

  • Florida Academic Scholars Award
  • Delta Epsilon Iota Honors Society
  • University Scholars Program


  • Golden Key Honors Society
  • Delta Epsilon Iota Honors Society


  • Friends for Life
  • Relay for Life
  • Organic Chemistry TA

Hobbies and Interests

  • N/A

Research Description

Religion, Authority, and Empiricism in the Work of William Harvey
"During the peak of the Scientific Revolution, the seventeenth century was indeed a time of extraordinary progress, but many overlook the significance of religious worldviews in either maintaining traditional fixtures of scientific thought or in challenging these structures. Throughout all areas of science, religious beliefs played a critical role in shaping scientific argumentation and discovery. This is true of medical science perhaps more than any other field, due to its emphasis on the nature of the human body and spirit. Without question, the most significant medical finding of this period was made by William Harvey (1578-1657), a British physician and anatomist who discovered the structure and function of the body’s circulatory system. Harvey’s scholarship refuted the theories of Galenism that had formed the foundation of medicine for over one thousand years. Even more importantly, Harvey’s research methodology fundamentally changed the perception of and valuation of experimentation and observation in the process of discovery. His philosophy was scientific as well as religious in nature, for Harvey and his contemporaries considered the two to be interconnected. The purpose of my research is to study the relationship between Harvey’s religious worldview and his methodology, including Harvey's valuation of various sources of classical and contemporary authority and his use of experimentation.