Gene BruckerGene Adam Brucker (October 15, 1924 – July 9, 2017). in Cropsey, Illinois) was an American historian and the Shepard Professor of History, Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. Brucker studied at Oxford and received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1954. He was immediately appointed to the faculty at Berkeley. He received several academic awards, including the Rhodes Scholarship, Fulbright Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, and the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. In 1979, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Brucker has focused and written specifically on Florence during the Renaissance. His research on Florentine history has pursued new insights into the period. Among his works include "Renaissance Florence" (1983), "Florence: the Golden Age" (1998), and "Living on the Edge in Leonardo's Florence: Selected Essays." Provided by Wikipedia