Thomas Steinhauser

Research Scholar
Research Scholars are early career scholars who have ordinarily already had at least one postdoctoral fellowship or equivalent academic experience. This is the equivalent of an entry-level academic position (e.g. assistant professor in North America, Lecturer in the United Kingdom, Maître de conférences in France). These scholars carry considerable responsibilities (no more than 30% of their time) within their research unit.
Department I
1. August 2014 to 31. Mai 2019

Thomas Steinhauser joined the Research Program on the History of the Max Planck Society (GMPG) in 2014, where he examines the history of chemical, physical, and technical institutes. He received a diploma in Chemistry (1994) and an MA in History of Science and Roman Philology (2000) at the University of Regensburg. He then served as a staff member at the history of science chair and part of a group preparing an edition of the Liebig-Wöhler correspondence. In 2008, Thomas continued his work on modern chemical instruments as a Scholar in Residence at the Deutsches Museum, Munich. He completed his PhD in the history of nuclear magnetic resonance at the University of Regensburg (2009) as part of the project “Networks of Innovation,” with a focus on twentieth-century chemical instrumentation. He also served as a part-time Assistant Lecturer at the Regensburg History of Science unit.

Following his PhD, Thomas joined the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin, contributing towards a volume on its history; from 2011 he worked at Bielefeld University on the project “Expert Knowledge and the Public.” His current research interests include the history of chemistry and physics in the last two centuries, the history of modern scientific instruments, and the interaction of scientific and technical developments.

    Selected publications: 

    Steinhauser, T., Gutfreund, H., & Renn, J. (2017). A Special Relationship: Turning Points in the History of German-Israeli Scientific Cooperation (2. Aufl.). Berlin: Forschungsprogramm Geschichte der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft.


    Steinhauser, T. (2015). Galilei als Gutachter? Eine neue Lesart des Briefes an Christine von Lothringen. In S. Azzouni, S. Böschen, & C. Reinhardt (Eds.), Erzählung und Geltung: Wissenschaft zwischen Autorschaft und Autorität (pp. 237-257). Weilerswist: Velbrück.


    Steinhauser, T. (2015). Zur Technisierung des Labors. In C. Nawa, & E. Seidl (Eds.), Wohin damit? Strandgut der Wissenschaft (pp. 146-154). Tübingen: Museums der Universität Tübingen.


    Steinhauser, T. (2014). The synergy of new methods and old concepts in modern chemistry. In U. Klein, & C. Reinhardt (Eds.), Objects of chemical inquiry (pp. 259-279). Sagamore Beach: Science History Press.


    Steinhauser, T. (2014). Zukunftsmaschinen in der Chemie: kernmagnetische Resonanz bis 1980. Frankfurt am Main: Lang.



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