Charles Schmitt was born in Louisville, Kentucky on 4 August 1933 and died in Padua on 15 April 1986. He was educated in Louisville at St Xavier High School. In 1956 he graduated as a chemical engineer from the University of Louisville. After working for American Cyanamid, he enrolled to do a PhD in Renaissance philosophy at Columbia University, New York with the great German emigré historian of philosophy Paul Oskar Kristeller, his interest in the history of science and philosophy having originally been spurred and facilitated by a good knowledge of Latin from his Catholic schooldays, and the ‘Great Books’ course laid on in Louisville public library. He completed his PhD on Gianfrancesco Pico della Mirandola in 1963 and took up appointments successively at Fordham and UCLA. In 1967 he made another decisive move, this time to England, to take up a temporary position at the University of Leeds. In 1973 he was appointed Lecturer at the Warburg Institute, University of London.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.