Olivier Defaux

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
July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2020

Olivier Defaux studied Ancient History and Archaeology at the University Lumière Lyon 2 before obtaining his PhD in History of Ancient Sciences in 2016 at the Excellence Cluster Topoi and at the Humboldt University in Berlin. His dissertation deals with the origins of Ptolemy’s map of the Iberian Peninsula. From February to July 2016 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Excellence Cluster Topoi. Olivier’s current MPIWG research deals with the transmission and the history of antique scientific texts, such as Ptolemy’s Geography, investigated with the tools of computational humanities.



Max Planck Institute for the History of Science 
Boltzmannstraße 22 
14195 Berlin