Thomas H. Horst
Thomas Horst studied history and anthropology at the universities of Munich and Vienna. He holds a postdoctoral fellowship in “Maps, Globes and Texts: Cosmographical knowledge in Early Modern Europe” at the Interuniversity Centre for the History of Science and Technology (CIUHCT), University of Lisbon, which is financed by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology [FCT SFRH/BPD/85102/2012].
His main areas of interest include the history of early modern science (in particular cosmography: maps, atlases, globes, instruments, and texts), climate history, the history of the relations between Portugal and Germany in the early modern period, as well as cultural history and anthropology.
In 2003 and 2005, he carried out two ethnological field researches on the descendants of the Mundurukú Indians in the Amazon region (Brazil). After his PhD in 2008 (on the development of manuscript maps of Bavaria as sources for the history of climatology), he specialized in the analysis of old globes and won the prestigious “Fiorini-Haardt-Prize” of the International Coronelli-Society for the Study of Globes in 2010. His book about Gerhard Mercator and his atlas of 1595, translated into French and Dutch, has been distinguished by the “Societe de Geographie” with a special award in Paris in 2012.
Dr. Horst is also Visiting Scientist at the Institute of Geodesy of the Bundeswehr University in Munich. Occasionally, he gives courses at the Studium Plus there as well as at the Historical Institute of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich.
He is editor of the Review Section for Imago Mundi, the International Journal for the History of Cartography and was the main organizer of several conferences, including the international workshop “Universum Infinitum. — From the German Philosopher Nicolaus Cusanus (1401–1464) to the Iberian Discoveries in the 15th Century: Ocean World in European Exploration,” which took place at the National Library of Portugal in June 2016.