Ursula Klein is an Independent Associate of Department I. She is a Professor (apl) at the University of Konstanz (since 2007). She received the HIST Award for outstanding achievements in the history of chemistry, sponsored by the American Chemical Society (2016). Ursula is a member of the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher/Leopoldina (since 2008), member of AcademiaNet, and received a call to a professorship for the history and philosophy of science at the University of Vienna (2007, declined in 2008). She is a member of the editorial boards of Ambix, Annals of Science, Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Centaurus, Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, and Hyle.
Ursula achieved her Habilitation in Philosophy, University of Konstanz (2000); PhD Philosophy, University of Konstanz (1993); and Higher State Exam in chemistry and biology (1979). She studied biology, chemistry, philosophy, sociology, psychology, and history of science at the Freie Universität of Berlin and the University of Konstanz. She also worked as a teacher (Gymnasiallehrerin) of chemistry and biology (1980–1988).
Her research interests include studies of the interaction of the natural and technological sciences in the Industrial Revolution, the history of Earth-system sciences, including Alexander von Humboldt’s related research, the history and philosophy of chemistry, and the history of the laboratory.
Klaus Thoden is a Visiting Consultant at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. He received his Magister Artium (MA) in German language and linguistics from the Humboldt University, Berlin in 2008.
Klaus is the technical coordinator of Edition Open Access, a publishing platform for open access publications. During a two-year-project (2018-2019), he headed a small team that fundamentally remodeled the whole publication infrastructure (funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, grant number 16OA061).
At the MPIWG, he has also been involved in developing an infrastructure for digitizing sources for the ECHO environment and between 2012 and 2017 was involved in national and international infrastructure projects (DM2E, TextGrid, DARIAH-DE). The focus of his research is the influence of computers and the internet on the way scholars perform their work. This includes usability studies, modeling research activities (e.g., TaDiRAH, Scholarly Domain Model), impact studies (e.g., Impactomatrix), and most recently, research on the publication process in the humanities.