Marius Buning’s research interests focus on the origins of intellectual property law; the relationship between science and technology; how experiment bears upon theory; and the part played by the early modern state in defining these respective fields. In 2013 Marius defended his PhD thesis at the European University Institute in Florence. His thesis examined the history of patent law in relation to the development of early modern science. Focusing on the Dutch Republic between 1581–1621, Marius reconstructed the legal background to the patents system, the social construction of patent procedures, and the ways in which new inventions were tested. He argued that the institution of a patent system was an integral part of early modern state formation and that it provided a distinct "working model" for how to arrive at truth claims through the use of experimental method.
Marius was a Teaching Assistant at the University of Amsterdam (2006), a Visiting Fellow at the History of Science department of Harvard University (2010) and a student representative at the History Department of the European University Institute (2012). He has an ongoing interest in the Digital Humanities and is currently involved in Primary Sources on Copyright (1450–1900), a Cambridge-based collaborative research project to create a digital archive of primary sources on copyright.
Buning, M. (2017). Promoting technical knowledge: printing privileges and technical literature in the Early Dutch Republic. In L. Hilaire-Pérez, K. Vermeir, V. Nègre, & D. Spicq (
Buning, M. (2016). Discovering inventions: a short history of inventor’s privileges. In C. Zanetti (
Buning, M. (2014). Between Imitation and Invention. Inventor Privileges and Technological Progress in the Early Dutch Republic (c. 1585–1625). Intellectual History Review, 24(3), 415-427.Mehr
Buning, M. (2014). Inventing scientific method: the privilege system as a model for scientific knowledge-production. Intellectual History Review, 24(1), 59-70.Mehr
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science