Ursula Klein

Senior Research Scholar
Prof. Dr., Außerordentliche Professorin an der Universität Konstanz
since July 1, 1998

Senior research scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (since 2005; 1998–2004 director of an independent research group).

Professor (apl) at the University of Konstanz (since 2007).

HIST Award for outstanding achievements in the history of chemistry, sponsered by the American Chemical Society (2016)

Member of the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher/Leopoldina (since 2008).

Member of AcdemiaNet

Call to a professorship for the history and philosophy of science at the University of Vienna (2007, declined in 2008).

Associate editor of Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science

Member of the editorial boards of Ambix, Annals of Science, Historical Studes in the Natural Sciences, Hyle.

Research interests:


Science, technology and the state in the industrialization of Prussia;

Hybrid (technical-scientific) experts in European history;

History of the technological sciences;

History of laboratory sciences;

History and philosophy of chemistry;

Alexander von Humboldt in context.


Habilitation in philosophy, University of Konstanz (2000).

PdD in philosophy, University of Konstanz (1993).

Higher State Exam in chemistry and biology (1979).

Studies of philosophy and history of science at the Free University of Berlin and the University of Konstanz.

Studies of chemistry and biology at the Free University of Berlin.

Studies of sociology and psychology at the Free University of Berlin.

Non-academic employment: teacher (Gymnasiallehrerin) of chemistry and biology (1980–88).


Selected publications: 

Ursula Klein, Nineteenth-Century Chemistry: Its Experiments, Paper-Tools, and Epistemological Characteristics. (Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin, 1997).

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Ursula Klein, Paper Tools in Experimental Cultures - The Case of Berzelian Formulas. (Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin, 1999).

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Ursula Klein, Experimental History and Herman Boerhaave’s Chemistry of Plants. (Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin, 2003).

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Ursula Klein (ed), Spaces of Classification. (Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin, 2003).

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Ursula Klein, Atomism in the first half of the XIXth century. (Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin, 2004).

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