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Ursula Klein

Affiliated Scholar (Feb 2020-Dez 2025)

Prof. Dr.

Ursula Klein is a historian of science associated with the MPIWG and adjunct professor of philosophy at the University of Konstanz. She was the leader of an independent research group (1998–2004) and a group leader (2004–2020) at the MPIWG. From 1996–1998 she was a visiting scholar at Harvard University and from 1997–1998 a senior resident fellow at the Dibner Institute (MIT, Cambridge). In 2007 the University of Vienna offered her the chair for history and philosophy of science (which she declined). She is a member of the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher/Leopoldina (since 2008), and a member of AcademiaNet. In 2016 she received the HIST Award for Outstanding Achievement in the History of Chemistry sponsored by the American Chemical Society.

She is a member of the editorial boards of AmbixAnnals of Science, Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Centaurus, Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, and Hyle.

In 2000 she achieved her habilitation in philosophy at the University of Konstanz, where she also completed her PhD in philosophy in 1993 (summa cum laude; dissertation award of the district of Konstanz). In 1979 she took the Higher State Exam in chemistry and biology at the Free University of Berlin, and from 1980–1988 she was a teacher of chemistry and biology.

  

 

 

Current Projects

A Cultural History of Chemistry
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Deep History of ESS
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Epistemic Configurations: The Formation of Anthropocene Knowledge
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Political Epistemology of ESS
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Technoscience in the Anthropocene
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Completed Projects

"Useful Sciences," State Bureaucracy, and Industrialization in Prussia (ca. 1760–1830)
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Historia Experimentalis
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Materials in the History of Science and Technology
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Expertise in Industrial Europe
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Chemical Technoscience
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Selected Publications

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Klein, Ursula (2022). “Theory and Concepts: Transformations of Chemical Ideas in the Eighteenth Century.” In A Cultural History of Chemistry in the Eighteenth Century, ed. M. D. Eddy and U. Klein, 23–44. London: Bloomsbury.

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Eddy, Matthew D., and Ursula Klein, eds. (2022). A Cultural History of Chemistry in the Eighteenth Century. A Cultural History of Chemistry 4. London: Bloomsbury.

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Klein, Ursula, and Matthew D. Eddy (2022). “Introduction: The Core Concepts and Cultural Context of Eighteenth-Century Chemistry.” In A Cultural History of Chemistry in the Eighteenth Century, ed. M. D. Eddy and U. Klein, 1–21. London: Bloomsbury.

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Klein, Ursula (2021). Experten in der Corona-Krise und Geschichte. Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte : Preprint 505. Berlin: Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte. https://www.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/sites/default/files/P505_0…

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Past Events

Kolloquium

Humboldts Preußen

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Konferenz

The Making of Useful Knowledge

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Vortrag

Knowledge in the Context of Planning: Examples from Prussia

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Workshop

Down-To-Earth Chemistry: Between the Country and the City

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Nachrichten & Presse

VerbundJournal des Forschungsverbundes Berlin e.V. interviewt Affiliated Scholar Ursula Klein

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MPIWG-Wissenschaftlerin Ursula Klein in Die Zeit über Experten in der Corona-Krise und Geschichte

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Leitende Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin Ursula Klein zu A. von Humboldt in Süddeutsche Zeitung zitiert

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