In an average year, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) hosts a total of 200–300 staff and researchers. This list comprises all researchers based at the Institute in 2019–20, as well as permanent staff. Approximately 75 short and long-term scholars work at the Institute at any given moment, from Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellows (including Visiting Scholars and Fellows) to Senior Research Scholars. The Department and Research Groups' activities are supported by the Administration (headed by Claudia Paaß), by the Research Coordinator (Ohad Parnes), by the Library (headed by Esther Chen), by the Head of Cooperation and Communication (Hansjakob Ziemer), and by the Research IT Group and IT Support (headed by Jürgen Renn).


Lise Meitner Research Group Leader (1 Jan 2020-28 Feb 2025)


China in the Global System of Science

Visiting Scholar (15 Nov 2019-15 Jan 2020)

PhD, Associate Professor of Musicology, The Netherlands

Instruments of God: Toward a Metaphysics of Music Theory

Visiting Scholar (1 Jul-31 Aug 2020)

A Scholarly Way of Life in the Making, 1470–1630

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (5 Aug 2019-4 Feb 2020)

Roger Bacon’s Medical Alchemy: Occult Remedies and the Quest to Prolong Life

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Mar 2020-15 Jan 2021)

Engineered Modernity: A Critical History of Computing in People's Republic of China

Visiting Scholar (1 Aug 2019-31 Jul 2020)

PhD, Professor of Modern History and Head, Working Group in History of Science, University of Vienna, Austria

The Role of the MPG as a Scientific-political Actor in the Context of the German Unification Process since 1990

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Oct 2018-31 Dec 2019)


The Physician's Album Amicorum: Humanist Cultures of Knowledge Networking

Visiting Scholar (2 Jan 2017-31 Dec 2020)


(1) The Transmission of Cosmological Conceptions in the Paduan Sacrobosco Tradition from the Fifteenth to the Sixteenth Century (2) The Status of Motion in Geometry in the Sixteenth-Century Euclidean tradition

Welcome Office Administrator


Visiting Scholar (17 Jun 2019-16 Jun 2021)

A Cultural History of the End of Fossil Fuels

Research Scholar (1 Oct 2014-31 May 2022)

PD Dr.

History of the Max Planck Society

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (27 Jan-31 Mar 2020)


The Vegetative Soul and Plants in the Study of Life and Living Bodies

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (19 Sep 2019-18 Mar 2020)

Two Ways of Experience in the Writing of Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179)

Visiting Scholar (1 Apr-31 Dec 2019)


Climatic Effects: Architecture, Media, and the Planetary Imaginary

Visiting Scholar (1-30 Sep 2019)

PhD, Professor, TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture

"It Was the Nightingale, Not the Jumbo": Acoustic Borderlands at Frankfurt Airport

Visiting Scholar (1 Jan 2020-31 Dec 2022)


Leonardo da Vinci’s Forster Codices and Their Interpreters. Historical and Palaeographical Issues

Artist in Residence (1 May 2020-31 Oct 2021)

Out of Place out of Time: Film Project

Research Scholar (1 Jul 2019-31 Dec 2020)

Das Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung

Research Scholar, IT Architect (15 May 2017-1 Jan 2048)

MRes, MSc, MA, BSc

Research IT


Special Collections and Institute’s Bibliography

Visiting Scholar (1 Sep-31 Oct 2019)

PhD, Full Professor of Science, Technology & Modern Culture, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences (FASoS), Maastricht University

Hidden Ears: Wiretapping, Eavesdropping, and Analyzing Sonic Information, 1960s–the present

Visiting Scholar (1-31 May 2020)

PhD, Emeritus Professor of Sociology of Science at the University of Edinburgh

History of Experimental Psychology. The Cambridge Psychological Laboratory in the 1940s and the Problems of Pilot Error and Fatigue

Research Group Leader (1 Nov 2017-31 Jan 2023)


Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Aug 2017-31 Dec 2020)


Mapping the Arab City: Alexandria, Cairo and Tunis in the Early Modern Period

Visiting Scholar (1 Aug 2019-31 Jul 2021)


The Emergence of Astro-Particle Physics

Visiting Scholar (1 Nov-31 Dec 2019)

PhD, Professor, KU Leuven

Visions and Experiments of Radiophonic Composing in the Weimar Republic

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Aug-30 Sep 2019)

PhD candidate, University of Oxford

Gottfried Leibniz's Networks: Science at the Confluence of Practice and Sociability

Visiting Scholar (1 Mar 2020-31 May 2021)

Konkurrenz um Deutungshoheit in kooperativen Gremien. Bioethische Debatten und politische Regulierung der Lebenswissenschaften (1980er Jahre)


Copyright Clearance

Media Officer (1 Apr 2020-31 Mar 2022)


Multimedia Production, Video and Audio Communication

Visiting Scholar (1 Jan 2020-30 Sep 2021)

Visualization of the Heavens and Their Material Cultures; DFG Projekt Atlanten und Karten von 'Ali und Muhammad al-Sharafi und al-Hajj Abu l-Hasan (16. Jahrhundert)

Visiting Scholar (1 Sep-31 Dec 2019)

Professor of Chinese History and Republic of China Chair, University of British Columbia

A Price History of Ming China

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (5 May-31 Jul 2020)

Marking Tsunami in Early Modern Japan

Departmental Assistant (1 Jun 2020-28 Feb 2025)


TOPOI Research Group Leader (1 Jan 2019-30 Nov 2021)

Dipl. Phys.


Visiting Student (16 Sep-13 Dec 2019)

Do the Machines Speak? Looking for a New Way of Understanding Animals in Historical Discourse

Research Scholar (Since Jan 2002)


Research IT

Head of Library


Digital Content Curator (Since Jan 2014)


Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Jun-30 Sep 2020)


Experience and Observation in Narboni's Commentaries on Maimonides' Treatises

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Mar 2019-29 Feb 2020)

Visiting Scholar (15 Jul 2019-14 Jul 2020)

PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Chinese Literature, National Tsing Hua University

A Comparative Study on the Knowledge Structures of Local Gazetteers

Administrative IT, IT Support

Visiting Scholar (20 Jun-31 Aug 2020)

Child Development and its Histories

Visiting Scholar (1 May 2016-30 Apr 2022)


Natural Philosophy in the Polemics of the Muslims of Medieval Iberia

Research Scholar (1 Mar 2019-28 Feb 2021)


Kunstwissenschaft c. 1900 as a "Transcultural" View of Art 'avant la lettre'


Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Jan 2019-31 Dec 2020)


The Anthropocene in Public Health

Director (Since Jul 1995)

PhD, Professor, Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago

Moral and Natural Orders, History of Scientific Data, Cognitive Practices of Science

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Apr-31 Dec 2019)


Mediterranean Nautical Cartography in Arabic and Ottoman Turkish: Islands or Gateways of Knowledge in the Sea of Transcultural and Translinguistic Translation Processes?

Visiting Scholar (1 Jul-31 Dec 2019)

PhD, Associate Professor, Fine Arts Faculty in Cuenca, University of Castilla-La Mancha

Camera Obscura Interactive Database and Timeline

Visiting Scholar (15 Feb 2018-31 Dec 2019)

CR1 Senior Research Fellow (tenured), CNRS–Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, University Diderot, Paris, France

The Development of the Euclidean Mathematical Tradition in the Early Modern Age: Translation, Transmission and Transformation of the Text of the Elements

Research Scholar (1 Jul 2016-30 Jun 2020)


Transmission and History of Antique Scientific Texts such as Ptolemy’s Geography, using Computational Humanities

Visiting Scholar (1 Sep 2020-1 Sep 2021)

School Library Book Collections in Ming, Qing, and Republican China

Publication Manager


Visiting Scholar (16 Sep-18 Oct 2019)

Cartesian Cosmology in the Early Modern Period

Visiting Scholar (4 Nov-16 Dec 2019)

PhD, Associate Professor, Princeton University

Rosemarie Trockel’s Rorschach-Bilder

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Nov 2018-31 Dec 2020)

Definition and Division in Medieval Latin Commentaries on Aristotle’s De animalibus

Visiting Scholar (1 Jun 2019-31 Dec 2020)

PhD, The Centre for Studies on China, Korea and Japan, CNRS-EHESS, Paris, France

Chinese Maps Collected by the MPIWG: Geo-Referencing and New Acquisitions

Visiting Scholar (1 Sep 2018-31 Dec 2019)

PhD, Research Associate at Humboldt University, Matters of Activity: Image Space Material

Wild Silk of West Africa: Towards an Indigenous Science of Materials


Visiting Scholar (15 Jul 2018-31 Jan 2020)

Prof. Dr. Observatoire de Paris 77, Paris

The History of Black Holes

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Jul 2020-30 Jun 2023)

Ivory Icebreakers: Ambition and Ambivalence Among Chinese Polar Researchers

Visiting Scholar (1 Oct 2006-31 Jan 2021)


Gespaltene Vernunft (Teil 2), Buchprojekt

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2019-31 Jan 2020)

PhD Candidate, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Meat, Cattle, and a Capital City: Slaughterhouses, Animals, and Meat Production in Rio de Janeiro during the Last Years of the Brazilian Empire

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Oct 2019-30 Sep 2020)

Experience as a Way to Certain Knowledge in Islamic Thought


Visiting Scholar (18 Sep 2019-30 Sep 2020)

Director, Minerva Humanities Center, Tel Aviv University,

Disciplinarization of the Sciences. Pre-classical Mechanics between the Sovereign State and the Reformed Catholic Religion: 1550–1650

Visiting Scholar (2 Sep-31 Oct 2019)


The Environment of Note-Taking: Mining, ca. 1700-1900

Editorial Assistant (Since Oct 2004)


Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2019-31 Jan 2020)

Doctoral Student, Sydney University

Nature and Nation: Documentation and the Practice of "Natural History" at the Australian Museum, 1840–1890

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 May-30 Sep 2020)

Sums Over

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Aug 2020-31 Aug 2023)

“Guiding Words: The Counting Systems of Chinese Artisans in Practice”

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (6 Nov 2017-31 Dec 2020)

MA, Doctoral Student, Freie Universität Berlin

Edition Elkana and Krois: Rethinking the Political Epistemology of Enlightenment. Dialogues with Ernst Cassirer

Visiting Scholar (1 Sep 2018-31 Dec 2019)

PhD, Associate Professor, Aalto University

The Uses and Abuses of Things: Reconceptualizing Technology-in-Use within the History of Technology

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Aug 2016-28 Feb 2025)


Predoctoral Fellow (1 Apr 2019-31 Mar 2020)

The Classical Age of Quantum Gravity: from Dirac to Wheeler


Visiting Scholar (10 Sep-7 Dec 2019)

PhD, Professor, Director of the Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science

From Kepler’s Optics to Spinoza’s Politics: The New Science and the Naturalization of the Mind

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (19 Aug 2019-18 Aug 2020)


Arguing About the Stars. Copernicanism, Galileism, and Institutional and Political Dimensions of Early Modern “Science” in the Debate Between Pierre Gassendi and Jean-Baptiste Morin (1642-1655)


Interlibrary Loan

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Oct 2018-30 Sep 2020)


The Introduction of Emergentist Concepts into the Final Theory Program

Visiting Scholar (1 Nov 2018-31 Oct 2020)

PhD, Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, London, UK

Transmission of Scientific Knowledge in Old Church Slavonic

Visiting Scholar (1 Nov 2018-31 Oct 2020)

PhD, Professor, Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies University College London

Ancient Jewish Medicine

Research Scholar (1 Sep 2012-1 Jan 2025)


Science and Technology in Italian Postwar Cultural Journals

Personnel (Students)

Max Planck Fellow (1 Apr 2016-31 Mar 2021)

Prof. Dr.

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Oct 2018-31 Aug 2020)

PhD Candidate, UCLA

Climate Knowledge and the Politics of Predictive Governance: Case Studies in the Conversion of Knowledge about Climate Change into Actionable Information for Administrative Systems and Economic Agents

Research Scholar (1 Jan 2018-31 Dec 2019)


Tuning the World: A Global History of Acoustics at the Crossroads of Aesthetics, Politics, Science and Industry (1834–1939)

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (15 Jul 2020-31 Mar 2021)

Climate Change Adaptation in China’s Agriculture—The Production and Role of Local Environmental Knowledge


Senior Research Scholar (1 Sep 2015-19 Aug 2021)


"Understanding the Anthropocene": The Level of the Sea

Visiting Scholar (30 Mar-4 Dec 2020)

Frailties of the Green Revolution: On Transferring Agricultural Technology from Temperate to Tropical Zones

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Jun 2020-31 Aug 2021)

The Rhythms of War and Farming in Early Modern China and Korea

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (15 Sep 2018-14 Sep 2020)


Changes, Continuities, and Innovations in Music Theory and Musical Thought in Early Medieval China, 316-581 CE


Library Systems, Digitization, Reference Management

Visiting Scholar (24 Feb 2016-31 Dec 2020)

Prof. Dr. emeritus

Mitarbeit im Forschungsprofil moderne Physik der Abteilung sowie das von der PTB finanzierte Projekt "Geschichte der PTR im Dritten Reich"

Visiting Scholar (1 Jul 2019-30 Jun 2020)

Zukunft als Wiederholung und Sprachbilder der Zeit

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Oct 2019-31 Mar 2021)

MA, Doctoral Student, Technische Universität Berlin

Quantitative Physiological Reasoning at the Turn of the Seventeenth Century: The Work of Sanctorius Sanctorius

Research Scholar, Press & Communications Manager (Since Apr 2016)


Science in Society; Science Communication; Public Outreach

(1 Nov 2019-31 Jan 2020)

The Formation of the Research Field of General Relativity—Social Networks and Semantic Modeling

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2018-31 Aug 2020)


Biology for the Nation: The International Biological Program in South Korea and Taiwan during the Cold War Era, 1961-1975

Visiting Scholar (1 Dec 2016-31 Dec 2021)

Dr. phil., Professor Emeritus, Roskilde University

Portraying, Connecting, and Confronting Early Cultures of Organized Knowledge—and Drawing Consequences


Visiting Scholar (1 Jul 2019-30 Jun 2020)

„In anderen Zeiten“: Joint Project of the MPIWG and the Cumenius Gardens, Berlin

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-31 Aug 2020)


Engineering Metropolis: Contagion, Capital, and the Making of British Colonial Cairo, 1882-1922

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Jul 2018-30 Jun 2023)


Writing Histories of Greek Philosophy in the Islamicate World


Predoctoral Fellow (1 Aug-31 Oct 2019)

Disaster Preparedness in Japan and Global Transfer of Knowledge, 1900-1965

Postdoctoral Fellow (15 Jun-31 Dec 2020)

PhD, Technische Universität Berlin, Berliner Zentrum für Wissensgeschichte

The Birth of Quantum Mechanics from the Spirit of Radiation Theory

Visiting Scholar (1 Dec 2019-30 Nov 2022)

Publication Project: How Einstein Found His Field Equations: A Source Book.

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Jan 2016-31 May 2022)


Cometary Pamphlets and the Way they Present, Create, and Diffuse Natural Philosophic Knowledge

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (31 Jan-30 Sep 2020)

Experience of Soul and Body in the Chinese Jesuit Sciences, 1583-1683

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (24 Nov 2019-30 Jun 2021)


A Short History and Future of Power-to-Gas

Visiting Scholar (4 May-31 Dec 2020)

Professor of History

The Max Planck Institutes and Early Postwar German Biochemical Research Networks

Visiting Scholar (29 Nov-28 Dec 2019)

Phd, Professor at the Department of Cultural Studies and Languages Universtiy of Stavanger, Norway

Touched Nature: A History of the Norwegian Leisure Cabin, 1850-2020


Visiting Scholar (1 Jun 2011-31 Dec 2019)


History of Physics in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (esp. Atomic Physics and Institutional and Social Aspects)

IT Researcher


Event Recording, Reference Management, Media Library


Interlibrary Loan

Visiting Scholar (1 Oct-31 Dec 2020)

Role of the animals in Bohai and Jurchen societies (on the base of studies of the archaeological materials from medieval sites in the Russian Far East)

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (15 Feb 2020-14 May 2021)


Konkurrenz um Deutungshoheit in kooperativen Gremien. Bioethische Debatten und politische Regulierung der Lebenswissenschaften (1980er Jahre)

Research Scholar (1 Feb-30 Apr 2020)

The Early History of the Sciences of Earth Systems and Human-Earth Interactions

Visiting Scholar (17 Feb-16 Jul 2020)

PhD, Professor of Religion, Central College, Iowa

"Experience" and "Perception" in Arabic, Hebrew, and Latin Philosophy

Visiting Scholar (1 Jun 2014-31 Dec 2022)

Prof. Dr., Berlin Social Science Center

History of the Max Planck Society

Research Scholar (18 Aug 2014-31 Dec 2022)

Gender Issues in the Hierarchy of the Max Planck Society, 1948–1998

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Jun-31 Dec 2020)

Ownership of Knowledge: Beyond IP

Visiting Scholar (1 Jun 2020-28 Feb 2021)

Meat Consumption and Breeding of Cows in Late-Nineteenth Century Japan

Research Scholar (1 Jun 2020-31 May 2022)

Honorary Research Fellow, Department of History, University of Nottingham

American Science as a Challenge for the MPS, 1950s–1990s: Mutual Perceptions, Channels of Influence, and Strategies for Internationalization

Personnel (Surnames L­-Z)

Research Group Leader (1 Nov 2018-31 Oct 2023)

PhD, Professor, TU Berlin

Knowledge Ensouled: Premodern Experience of the Natural World

IT Researcher, Research Technology Officer (Since Aug 2016)


Visiting Scholar (6 Sep-31 Dec 2019)

PhD, Associate Professor of History, Dartmouth College

Printing Sacrobosco Before 1501: Commercial Strategies and University Markets

Journalist in Residence (1 May-31 Dec 2019)

The Discovery of the Plastisphere

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Apr 2017-31 Mar 2020)

PhD, Max Planck Institute for European Legal History

Geschichte der Rechtswissenschaften in der MPG


Research Scholar (1 Jul 2013-28 Feb 2021)


Visiting Scholar (15 Aug 2020-14 Feb 2021)

Colouring Maps in East Asia

IT Support

Visiting Scholar (16 May 2018-31 Dec 2020)

Extended Evolution Theory of Knowledge and Computational History

Departmental Assistant

Visiting Scholar (1 Mar 2006-28 Feb 2021)

Dr., Außerordentlicher Professor an der Freien Universität Berlin

Machine Drawings

Visiting Scholar (1 Feb 2017-31 Dec 2019)


Cosmochemistry and Astroparticle Research in the Max Planck Society

Visiting Scholar (1 Mar 2019-30 Jun 2022)

PhD, Dept. of History University College London

Technologies of Health c. 1450-1750

IT Architect (1 Jan-31 Dec 2020)


Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Jul 2018-30 Jun 2021)

The Role of Mathematics in the Final Theory Program

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (20 Jan-19 Mar 2020)

The Charlatan between Literature, Philosophy and Medicine in the Renaissance

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (6 May-31 Dec 2019)

Hearing Causality? A Study of Secondary Sounds in the Psychological Laboratory

IT Developer (1 Oct 2018-30 Sep 2020)


Sources for the Study of Chinese History

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (10 Oct 2019-29 Feb 2020)

Text-to-Speech: Re-Embodying Voice, Disembodying Difference

Visiting Scholar (15 Feb 2018-31 Dec 2020)


Umbrella Project: Knowledge in and of the Anthropocene

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Oct-30 Nov 2019)

Chinese Local Geography before Local Gazetteers


Deputy Head of the Library

Acquisitions and Cataloguing

Research Scholar (4 May-31 Dec 2020)

PhD, Juniorprofessorin Wissensgeschichte der Psychologie und Psychotherapie Universität zu Lübeck

Zwischen Psycho-Boom und Grundlagenforschung: Zur Geschichte der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft in der bundesdeutschen Psychotherapie und klinischen Psychologie (1945 – 2005)

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Jun-31 Dec 2020)

Ownership of Knowledge: Beyond IP

Visiting Scholar (1 Sep 2019-31 Jul 2020)

PhD, Associate Professor, Program in Science, Technology, and Society MIT, USA

African Chemistry: Science with an African Totem

Research Scholar (1 Dec 2019-30 Nov 2020)

Hortus Indicus Malalbaricus: The Euroasian Life of a Seventeenth-Century "European" Botanical Classic

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (18 Oct 2018-31 Dec 2019)


Francesco di Giorgio and the Architectural Profession in Renaissance Italy

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (13 Mar 2017-31 Dec 2019)

PhD, Université Paris Diderot – Paris 7, Laboratoire SPHERE, Berliner Zentrum für Wissensgeschichte

Numerical Literacy in the Old Babylonian Kingdom of Larsa

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Oct 2018-30 Sep 2019)

PhD, Berliner Zentrum für Wissensgeschichte

Early Modern Exchanges in Sanskrit Astral Sciences

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (15 May-14 Jul 2020)

Albertus Magnus' Approach towards an Empirical Anthropology

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (15 Aug 2016-28 Feb 2020)

MA, Doctoral Candidate, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Visiting Scholar (1 Jan-31 Jul 2017)

PhD, Associate Professor of History, Arizona State University

Infrastructures of Planning in Japanese Overseas Development

Visiting Scholar (1 Apr-31 Jul 2020)

im Rahmen des Projekts: Measuring the Earth “One of Geometry’s Nicest Application“: Digging the Georg-Tiefer Stollen (1771–1800)

Visiting Scholar (15 May 2020-31 Aug 2021)

PhD, Alexander von Humboldt Fellow

Medieval Ingenium: Knowledge, Experience, and Technology

Visiting Scholar (1 Oct-31 Dec 2019)

PhD, Research Professor of History and Philosophy of Science

The Global History of the Swing

External Scientific Member (1 Jun 2020-31 May 2022)

PhD, Dr. phil., Professor of Greek Philology, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy

External Scientific Member

Visiting Scholar (7 Apr-6 Jun 2020)

The Emotional Reconditions for Scientific Subjectivity

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-28 Feb 2021)

Transmission of Islamic Astronomy to Europe: Influence or Similarity of Structures?

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Mar 2018-28 Feb 2021)

Emergence: Real or Apparent Opposition to the Final Theory?


Visiting Scholar (1 Jun 2020-30 Jun 0202)

Insomniac History

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (5 Mar-30 Jun 2020)

Retrieving the Ether in Contemporary Physics. An Historico-epistemological Approach

Executive Assistant

Visiting Scholar (1 May 2019-30 Apr 2020)

Professor Dr., Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Historisches Seminar der LMU

Kooperative Konkurrenz in Big Biology: Die Human Genome Organization (HUGO)

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Jul 2020-31 Dec 2022)

Abstract und Arbeitsplan des Promotionsprojektes

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Aug 2020-30 Sep 2023)

"Agricultural Uses of Alchemy in Early Modern Europe"

Senior Research Scholar (1 Sep 2015-28 Feb 2023)


Barren Structures: The Problem of Sterility in the Age of Plenty


Principal Investigator (Since Jun 2005)

Prof. Dr.

The Science of Statistics and the Politics of Censustaking; Early Childhood Development Studies in Nineteenth–Century America

Visiting Scholar (1 Mar 2018-31 Dec 2020)


Die post-kopernikanische astronomische Debatte im 16. und 17. Jahrhundert: kosmologische, mathematische, physische, ontologische, ethische und theologische Aspekte

Senior Research Scholar (Since Sep 2017)


Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Nov 2018-31 Oct 2019)

Die Allianz der Wissenschaftsorganisationen – Korporatismus in der bundesdeutschen Forschung zwischen Kooperation und Konkurren

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (15 Jul-31 Dec 2020)

Children of Science: Development, Psychology, and Visual Media Technology in Arnold Gesell's Developmental Psychology (1911–1953)

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (6 Apr 2020-31 Mar 2021)

The Printing-press and the European Academic Milieu: 1470–1650 Defining Modes of Interaction and Scientific Exchange in the World of Printed Words


Head of Administration

Subject Librarian for Chinese Studies

Chinese Library Material

Predoctoral Fellow (15 Sep 2017-14 Nov 2020)

MA, Doctoral Student, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Insects as Knowledge Goods and Global Commodities: Hans Sauter's Formosa Collections

Visiting Scholar (1 Oct 2019-30 Sep 2020)

Research Coordinator, Senior Research Scholar (Since Aug 2014)

PhD, Honorary Associate Professor

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Mar-31 Jul 2020)

Investigating the Creation of an Interdisciplinary Research Field Through Bibliographic Data The Case of Agricultural Meteorology in the First Half of the Twentieth Century

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (15 Jan-31 Oct 2019)

PhD candidate, University of Urbino

Mathematical Humanism in Urbino

Visiting Scholar (1 Jan-31 Dec 2019)

PhD, Research Fellow, Argentine National Council of Science (CONICET)

The Elk, the Tapir, their Hooves, and the Falling Sickness: A Story of Substitution, Trade, and Animal Medical Substances

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (15 Oct-15 Dec 2019)

PhD, Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow, Humboldt University of Berlin

Knowing the Shadow: The Experiential Dimension of Matter

Visiting Scholar (4 Oct-29 Nov 2019)


Empires of Knowledge: Colonial Patent Systems in the Atlantic World during the Industrial Age


Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (18 Nov 2019-2 Aug 2021)

Communication with (Extra)Terrestrial Intelligence: Science Diplomacy during the Cold War (1960 - 1976)

Visiting Scholar (10 Dec 2019-9 Jan 2020)

Prof. Dr.

Communities of Knowledge-A New History of Premodern Science

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Oct 2019-31 Dec 2020)

The Forensics of Incorruption: Confessional Medicine and the Limits of Nature in Early Modern Europe, circa 1550-1680

Visiting Scholar (1 Jun 2014-31 Dec 2022)

Dr., Professor, Institute for Science and Technology Studies, University of Bielefeld

History of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry

Director (Since Mar 1994)

Dr., Professor, Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

History of Early Modern Mechanics, History of Relativity Theory; Interaction between Cognitive and Contextual Factors in the History of Science

Visiting Scholar (16 Sep 2019-15 Mar 2020)

Guest Professor, TU Berlin

Nuclear Diplomacy and the IAEA

Emeritus Scientific Member (Since Feb 2014)

Dr., Honorarprofessor für Wissenschaftsgeschichte an der TU Berlin, Dr.h.c. ETH Zürich, MPIWG Director 1997-2014

Epistemology of Experimentation

Research Scholar (1 Jan 2020-31 Jan 2026)

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (10-31 Aug 2020)

Effective Theories: Past, Present, and Beyond

Visiting Scholar (24 Aug 2020-30 Jun 2021)

Communication in Early Modern Eurasia: Translation, Memory, and Power

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Apr 2019-30 Sep 2020)

Symbiotic World: The Past, Present and Future of a Concept

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Feb 2018-31 Jan 2020)


The History of Black Holes

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-31 Dec 2020)


A Transnational History of Mountaineering

Visiting Scholar (25 May-20 Jul 2020)

City, Climate, and Architecture—An Intellectual History

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (8 Jan 2017-29 Feb 2020)

MA, Doctoral Candidate, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

After Mapping the Avant–Garde: Politics, Discourses and Technologies of the “New” in Postwar “New Music"

Artist in Residence (1 Sep 2019-30 Jun 2020)

Informing Ethical Engineering—Mobilizing Histories of Science toward Ethical Material Choices

Research Scholar (1 Jan 2018-31 Dec 2022)

Knowledge in and of the Anthropocene

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Feb 2018-31 Jan 2020)

The Particle Physics Tradition in the Final Theory Program


Visiting Scholar (1 Jan 2019-31 Dec 2020)

Dr., Professor, University of Vienna

Track I oder Track II Diplomatie? Die Max–Planck–Gesellschaft und ihre internationalen wissenschaftlichen Beziehungen zwischen individuellem Engagement und administrativer Professionalität

Personnel (Surnames A-K)

Visiting Scholar (6 Feb-6 Mar 2020)

German Expatriate Practitioners of Natural History

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Jan-31 Oct 2020)

Conceptions of astrology among Parisian scholars (1600-1680)

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Mar-1 Sep 2020)

Dr. Julia Sanchez-Dorado

Judgments of Similarity and Idealizations in Geodetical Practices

Director (Since Apr 2013)

Dr., Professor, TU Berlin, FU Berlin, Tianjin University

Histories of Planning

Research Scholar (1 Jan 2018-31 Dec 2019)

Visiting Scholar (1 Nov 2019-31 Jan 2021)

Geschichte der Mathematik in der MPG

Research Scholar, Group Leader (Since Jul 2003)


Long-term Development of Spatial Cognition; History of Early Modern Mechanics; History of Modern Physics and Astronomy; History of Chinese Science

Research Scholar (1 Apr 2019-14 May 2021)


History of Biomedical and Clinical Research at the Max Planck Society

Research Program Coordinator, Senior Research Scholar (1 Jul 2015-31 Dec 2022)


History of the Max Planck Society

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Oct 2019-30 Sep 2020)

The Water City. The Political Epistemology of Hydrogeological Praxis

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Oct-31 Dec 2019)

Wissenschaftler zum Schreiben bringen. Verlagsberater zwischen Konferenz und Cocktailparty, 1927–1963

Research Scholar (1 Sep 2020-31 Aug 2023)

Chinese Ideas of Africa in an Age of Global Expansion

Visiting Scholar (14 Mar 2016-31 Dec 2022)

Dipl. Soz.

Bibliometrics in the History of Science

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (9 Mar-5 Apr 2020)

Digital Textual Analysis of Biographies of Scholars, ca. 1550–1750

Research Scholar (1 Feb 2018-31 May 2022)

Dr. phil.

Sozialgeschichte der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft 1948–2002

Visiting Scholar (4 May-31 Dec 2020)

Prof. Dr.

Nach Heimpel. Das Max-Planck-Institut für Geschichte im historischen Kontext. Zwischen Sozialgeschichte, Historischer Anthropologie und neuer Globalgeschichte.

Departmental Assistant

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Jul 2020-15 Mar 2021)

The Use and Reuse of Paper in the Humanities

Departmental Assistant (Since Apr 2019)

Visiting Scholar (1 Jan-29 Feb 2020)

Strings in Curative Oscillation—Aleks Pontvik’s “Psychochord”


Interlibrary Loan

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (15 Jun-31 Aug 2020)

The Transformation of Human-Camel Relations in Somaliland

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2019-31 Jan 2020)

PhD Candidate, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta

A History of Electrification in India: 1890s–1980s

Research Scholar (9 Nov 2015-31 Mar 2020)


Convivencia Project, Reformist Objects

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-31 Dec 2019)


Public Health, Modern Agriculture, and Wars Against Insect Enemies: Pest Control and the Making of Applied Entomology in Modern China, 1915-1960

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2019-31 Aug 2021)


From Hispaniola to Istanbul: Plants, Trade, and Knowledge Between the Americas and the Early Modern Ottoman World (s. Website)

Visiting Scholar (19 May 2020-1 May 2022)

Lehre und Forschung des Göttinger Physikers Robert Wichard Pohl (1884-1976)

Rathenau Senior Fellow (1 Feb 2019-31 Dec 2020)


History of Science after 1800: Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Philosophy; History of Technology: Electric Power, Energy and Power, Technological Systems, Technology in Museums; History of Biotechnology: Databases, Civil Liberties, Stock Market, Bioethics

Visiting Scholar (1 Apr 2019-30 Apr 2021)

Full professor, Alberta Medical Foundation and Hannah Professor in the History of Medicine and Health Care, University of Calgary, Canada

"Wir wussten gar nicht mehr, wie das geht — Forschung". Über den Wiederanschluss der neurowissenschaftlichen Forschung in der MPG an die Weltspitze

Research Scholar (1 Aug 2014-31 May 2022)


How the Max Planck Society Generated New Knowledge in the Field of Chemistry, Physics, and Materials Science

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Mar 2019-31 Dec 2022)

Dr. phil.

Industrielle Katalyse und ihre Rolle im Mensch-Erde-System im Anthropozän

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Apr-30 Jun 2020)

PhD, The Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas, Tel Aviv University

Mathematics, Natural Law, and the Construction of Spacetime

Visiting Scholar (15 Jul 2020-28 Feb 2021)

The Merton Project: Science and Political Regimes in the 21st Century

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Jun 2020-31 May 2023)

Internationalization vs. Centralized Control? Managing Research Talent “with Chinese Characteristics”

Editorial Assistant (1 Aug 2016-29 Feb 2020)

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (15 Nov 2018-31 Oct 2020)


Different Culture, Different Climate? Seeking Cultural Cifferences in the Climate Knowledge and Ideas

Visiting Scholar (1 Jan 2017-31 Dec 2019)

Geschichte der Quantengravitation

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2018-31 Aug 2021)

Engendering Wildlife and Whiteness: Elephants, Ivory, and Zoos (1870s–1940s)


Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Mar 2020-31 Oct 2023)

The Coimbra Commentaries' Doctrine of Sense Perception

Research Scholar (1 Sep 2008-31 May 2021)


Postdoctoral Fellow (9 Sep 2019-8 Sep 2020)


DFG-Project: Mediterranean and Nautical Cartography in Arabic and Ottoman Turkish: Islands or Gateways of Knowledge in the Sea of Transcultural and Translinguistic Translation Processes?

Visiting Scholar (1 Mar 2020-28 Feb 2021)

Thinking with Sound: New Agendas in the Sciences and Humanities around 1900

Research Scholar (1 Mar 2017-31 May 2022)

Dr. phil.

History of the Behavioral Sciences, Neuroscience and the Cognitive Sciences (BNC) in the Max Planck Society

Visiting Scholar (1 Nov 2018-31 Oct 2019)

Prof. Dr., Deutsches Museum, Munich

Die Allianz der Wissenschaftsorganisationen – Korporatismus in der bundesdeutschen Forschung zwischen Kooperation und Konkurrenz

Research Scholar (15 Jan 2018-25 Nov 2026)


The History of Energy Conservation as Agent of Energy Transition


Research Group Leader (Since Oct 1998)

Dr., Honorary Professor in History of Science at the Technische Universität in Berlin, Professor by Special Appointment at the Tel Aviv University

Technology Transfer in Antiquity, Ancient Hydromechanics and Pneumatics, Early modern mechanics, Galileo Galilei, Shipbuilding, Pratolino Garden, Jesuits' Hydraulics, Early Modern Ballistics

Predoctoral Fellow (1 May 2020-30 Jun 2021)

Collecting Ears: Marin Mersenne and the Study of Music in Early Modern Europe

Visiting Scholar (6 May-31 Dec 2019)

PhD, SPHERE Université Paris Diderot, Paris

Sonus ex machina: Religion, Media and Technologies of Sound

Visiting Scholar (14 Jun-31 Dec 2019)

PhD, University Professorial Fellow, Charles Darwin University

Theory as "A Plan"—Asking about the Effects of Zeno’s Dichotomy Paradox in Analytic Work

Visiting Scholar (1 Jul 2019-30 Jun 2020)

Dipl. sc. pol.

Exhibition at Berlin's Comenius Garten: Künstler, Wissenschaftler, Kinder und das Nichts

Postdoctoral Fellow (15 Jul 2016-14 Apr 2021)

Dr. rer. nat.

Methoden zur Analyse eines Textkorpus

Visiting Scholar (1 Sep 2018-31 Dec 2024)

Dr., Honorarprofessorin HU Berlin

History of Mathematics and Science in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, esp. in Germany; Women in Science

Visiting Scholar (1 Jul 2020-30 Jun 2022)

Zum Epistemologischen Status der "Messung"

Research Scholar (1 Nov 2014-31 May 2022)

PD Dr.

The History of the Life Sciences in the Max Planck Society: Forms of Knowledge Production and Regulation in a Changing World

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 May 2019-30 Apr 2020)

PDr., Historisches Seminar, LMU München

Kooperative Konkurrenz in Big Biology: Die Human Genome Organization (HUGO)

Visiting Student (15 Jan-15 Jun 2021)

The Luke Effect: Recognition and the Legacy of Women in Science


Visiting Scholar (1 Jul 2020-30 Jun 2022)

Dr., Professorin für Wissenschaftsgeschichte

Der Charakter der Philosophie im Vergleich zu den Einzelwissenschaften

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (15 Jan-30 Nov 2019)


Breathing between Laboratory and Clinic, 1885–1968

Research Scholar, IT Project Manager (15 May 2017-31 Dec 2020)

Visiting Scholar (1 Oct 2019-31 Jul 2020)

Kant's Early Views on Force and the Communication of Motion

Research Scholar (2 Oct 2017-28 Feb 2023)


Coal: A Global Object of Knowledge; Métissage: A Problem of European History

Departmental Assistant

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (18 Jun 2018-29 Feb 2020)

Dr. Des.

Geräuschkulissen und strategische Kriegsführung: Militärisch-künstlerische Wissensformationen

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (23 Sep 2019-31 Jul 2020)

The Role of the Senses in Albert's Doctrine of Noetic Development

Research Scholar (Since Jan 2000)


Research IT

Visiting Scholar (1 Oct 2018-30 Apr 2020)

Prof. Dr. rer. nat.

Wissenschaftsgeschichte in Berlin Dahlem


Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Nov 2018-31 Aug 2020)

PhD candidate, Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context", Heidelberg University

Reaping the Benefits of Water—The Political Epistemologies of Water in Imperial China


Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 May-31 Jul 2020)

MA, Doctoral Student, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Patronage, Politics and Astral Sciences in the Mongol Empire (1206-1368)

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Mar 2020-31 Aug 2021)

Computer-aided Approaches to Study of the Japanese Buddhist World Maps of the 14th to 19th Century

Visiting Scholar (1 Jul-31 Dec 2020)

PhD, Professor, Department of History, Research Institute for Pre-modern Chinese History Zhejiang University, Hangzhou

A Study on the Commercial General Maps in the Late Qing Dynasty

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Aug-31 Dec 2020)

Trust and Perspectivalism in the History of Epistemology

Visiting Scholar (24 Jan-23 Feb 2020)

Theories, Models, and Phenomena: The Structure of Exact Natural Science in Greece, 400 BC – 200 AD

IT Developer (20 Mar 2017-19 Mar 2021)

Research Scholar (15 Mar 2018-12 Apr 2020)


Empire, Nature and Pharmacology in the Ottoman World, 1400-1800


Visiting Scholar (1 Oct 2019-30 Sep 2023)

PhD, Full Professor

Departmental Assistant

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Jun-30 Nov 2019)

PhD candidate, Columbia University

Dissecting Sight: Eye Surgery and Vision in Early Modern Europe

Senior Research Scholar, Head of Cooperation and Communication (Since Jan 2008)


Outreach and Cooperation

Travel Office Administrator