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 2017–18, 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).

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Visiting Scholar (1 Feb 2016-28 Feb 2018)


Music, Mathematics, and Experimental Science

Visiting Scholar (1-28 Feb 2018)

Professor of History, Department of History, Tel Aviv University

Exemplum and Wundertier—Three Concepts of the Scholarly Persona

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Dec 2015-30 Sep 2017)

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Oct 2016-30 Sep 2018)


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

Visiting Scholar (2 Jan 2017-31 Jul 2018)

PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Berliner Zentrum für Wissensgeschichte

The Status of Practical Geometry and its Relations to Theoretical and Applied Geometrical Knowledge in Sixteenth-century Treatises of Practical Geometry

Welcome Office Administrator


Research Scholar (1 Oct 2014-31 May 2022)

PD Dr.

History of the Max Planck Society

Visiting Scholar (1 Sep 2016-31 Dec 2018)


Architects and Engineers between Analytical Mechanics and Graphical Thinking

Research Scholar, IT Architect (15 May 2017-14 May 2019)

MRes, MSc, MA, BSc

IT Support Main Contact


Special Collections and Institute’s Bibliography

Visiting Scholar (1 Mar-30 Jun 2018)

PhD, Assistant Professor of History and East Asian Studies, Princeton University

History of Medicine and Science in China, 1500-1800; Materiality of Knowledge as Presented in Ming-Qing Local Gazetteers. A Social History of Medical Recipes in Early Modern China

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Jul-30 Sep 2017)

Visiting Scholar (4-19 Feb 2018)

PhD, Department of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam

Researching Radio: Sound Archives and Discipline Formation, 1930-1945

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Jun 2015-31 May 2018)


Planning for Persistent Environmental Contamination: Public Health, Indigenous Traditional Knowledge, and Technoscience in Canada

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


Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Aug 2017-31 Jul 2019)


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

Visiting Scholar (1 Jun 2016-31 May 2018)

PhD, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare

Branching as a Strategy for Scientific Research and Innovation: the Transformation and Evolution from 1947 to 2002 of the Max Planck Institute for Physics into the Present Cluster of Institutes for Physics, Astrophysics, Extraterrestrial Physics, and Gravitational Physics


Copyright Clearance

Research Scholar (Since Apr 2012)


Transformations of Verbal, Visual, and Manual Knowledge in Islamicate Societies and the Mediterranean World. The Objects I Study are Arabic and Persian Texts on the Steelyard, Arabic Translations of Euclid's Elements, Verbal and Visual Narratives, and Institutions

Research Scholar (1 Jun 2015-31 May 2018)


Sound Science: Recording and Listening in the Biology of Bird Song, Listening and The Shaping of Work Performance in the Twentieth Century

Postdoctoral Fellow (14 Aug-31 Oct 2017)


Privileged Knowledge. The Politics of Print in the Early Dutch Republic

TOPOI Research Group Leader (1 Nov 2012-31 Dec 2018)

Dipl. Phys.


Visiting Scholar (1 Jan-31 Mar 2018)

Professor for the History of Science

Rewriting Women’s Bodies in Medieval Medical Epistemology

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-31 Aug 2018)


The Strait in the Cold War. Deep Science and Global Geopoliticsin the Mediterranean

Visiting Scholar (1 Sep 2017-31 May 2018)

PhD, Associate Professor, University of Michigan

Between Law and Science: Unsoundness of Mind in Anglo-American Medical Jurisprudence

Research Scholar (Since Jan 2002)


Research IT

Visiting Scholar (1 Jan-31 Mar 2018)

Professor of Early Modern History, History Department, Royal Holloway

Early Vernacular Medical Books, Users and Uses, Impact

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep-31 Dec 2017)

Doctoral Student, University of Wisconsin–Madison

"The Science of Prophecy?" The Role of Paleo-Disciplines in the Face of Anthropogenic Change, 1916-2015

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Jan 2017-30 Jun 2018)


Visiting Scholar (1 Sep 2016-31 Aug 2018)

PhD, Assistant Professor of History, Swarthmore College

In Search of Unknown Craftsmen: Trade, Tribute, and the Invention of Bingata

Head of Library


Digital Content Curator (Since Jan 2014)


Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-28 Feb 2018)

MA, Doctoral Student, Universität Heidelberg

Nutritional Filth: Agricultural Uses of Animal Waste in Late Imperial China

Visiting Scholar (16 Apr-11 May 2018)


Open Office Design and the Acoustics of the Knowledge Economy

Visiting Scholar (11 Jul-30 Sep 2017)


Sonic Intermedia of Cold War Experimentalism

Research Scholar (1 May 2016-30 Sep 2019)

MA, Doctoral Candidate in Religious Studies, University of Amsterdam

The Earth in the Sky is like the Yolk of the Egg in the Egg White. Natural Philosophy in the Polemics of the Muslims of Medieval Iberia

Visiting Scholar (1 Jan 2017-30 Sep 2018)


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


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

Visiting Scholar (24 Sep-7 Oct 2017)

PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher, Universidad de Sevilla

The Epistemological Transformation of Mechanics in the Nineteenth Century: Interactions between Mathematics, Physics, and Philosophy

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 Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-30 Apr 2018)

Between Marvel and Machine. From the "image de nigromance" to the Mechanised "Engin": The Automation in the Middle Ages

Visiting Scholar (19 Feb-31 Jul 2018)

PhD, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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

Visiting Scholar (1 Aug-31 Dec 2017)

PhD, Independent Scholar

Demographic Regimes

Publication Manager


Visiting Scholar (1 Nov-31 Dec 2017)

PhD, Charché de Recherche (1e cl.)

Chinese Maps

Visiting Scholar (1 Nov-1 Dec 2017)

PhD, Research Professor

Jean Senebier (1742-1809) and the Eighteenth-century ars observandi

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Jan-31 Dec 2017)


Exploring the Origins of Earth System Science

Personnel (Surnames L­-Z)


Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Jan-31 Mar 2018)

Archiving the Brain


Visiting Scholar (1 Jan-15 Aug 2018)

Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Capturing Knowledge—Captivity, Trafficking, and Knowledge Acquistion in Early Modern China

Visiting Scholar (12 Jul-18 Sep 2017)

PhD, Associate Professor, Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Baroque Ghosts: Jesuits between Old and New Science

Research Scholar (1 Sep 2015-31 Dec 2018)

Editorial Assistant


Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-28 Feb 2018)

MA, Doctoral Student, Princeton University

Writing the "Thesaurus" of Latinity: A Study in the History of Philological Practice

Visiting Scholar (1-30 Sep 2017)

Professor Emeritus

"Fictions" in the Philosophy of the Eighteenth Century

Research Scholar (6 Nov 2017-31 Dec 2018)

MA, Doctoral Student, Freie Universität Berlin

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

Research Scholar (1 Aug 2016-31 Jul 2019)


Visiting Scholar (15 Jul-23 Dec 2017)

PhD, Associate Professor of History, Wesleyan University

Biodiversity Preservation in International Agricultural Research



Interlibrary Loan

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (5 Feb 2018-31 Jan 2019)


The Introduction of Emergentist Concepts into the Final Theory Program

Research Scholar (Since Sep 2012)


Science and Technology in Italian Postwar Cultural Journals

IT Support Main Contact

Visiting Scholar (6 Aug-20 Sep 2017)

PhD, Tel Aviv University

The Practice and Language of Science and Politics: Power and Knowledge Formation in Asian History (10th to 18th century)

Personnel (Students)

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

Prof. Dr.

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Mar-30 Apr 2018)


A Million Horses: The Geography and Economy of Frontier Horse Ranches in Early Ming China

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 Scholar (1 Aug 2016-31 Jul 2018)

The Evolution of the MPG’s Relation with Israeli Scientific Institutions in Comparison with the Development of MPG’s International Relations


Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Apr-31 May 2018)

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 May-31 Oct 2017)

MA, Doctoral Student, University of Cambridge

Serpents and Empire: Modern Encounters with Natural History, c. 1780-1870

Visiting Scholar (1 Mar-30 Apr 2018)

PhD, Associate Professor, Sociology and Anthropology

The “Smartness” Mandate: A Genealogy of Automated Ecologies

Artist in Residence (1-30 Apr 2018)

"Can machines think? - History of the Human, Computational, and Behavioral Sciences in the Twentieth and Early Twenty-first Century

Senior Research Scholar (1 Sep 2015-31 Aug 2018)


"Understanding the Anthropocene": The Level of the Sea

Visiting Scholar (1 Mar-10 Dec 2018)

PhD, Emeritus Professor of the History of Science & Technology, University of Manchester; Visiting Professor, Centre for History of Science, Technology & Medicine, Kings College, London

Could the social consequences of the Green Revolution have been anticipated?

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2016-30 Jun 2019)


Interplay Between Society, Technology, and Nature in the Chinese-Korean Borderland from the Sixteenth to the Seventeenth Century

Departmental Assistant


Library Systems, Digitization, Reference Management

IT Researcher (Since Aug 2016)


Visiting Scholar (24 Feb 2016-31 Dec 2018)

Prof. Dr. emeritus

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

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Apr 2016-31 Mar 2019)

MA, Doctoral Student, Technische Universität Berlin

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

Visiting Scholar (1 May-30 Sep 2017)

PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)

Hand Mnemonics and Counting Skills: Reducing Uncertainty through Fate Computation

Research Scholar, Communications Editor (1 Apr 2016-31 Mar 2019)


Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Oct 2017-15 Feb 2018)


Cartography in Sacroboscoʼs Tract “The Sphere”

Visiting Scholar (1 Apr-31 May 2018)

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Nov 2017-28 Feb 2018)


Colonial Ears: Noise, Acoustics, and Hearing Bodies in Colonial Taiwan

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2016-30 Jun 2019)


From Electrotype to the Electric Image: Global Vision, c. 1830–1920

Visiting Scholar (1 Dec 2016-31 Dec 2019)

Dr. phil., Professor Emeritus

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


Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-31 Aug 2020)


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


Predoctoral Fellow (1 May 2017-31 Dec 2018)

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

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (6 May 2017-31 May 2019)

PhD, Doctoral Student, Technische Universität Berlin

Practical Knowledge between Field and Laboratory

Visiting Scholar (20 May-31 Jul 2017)

Professor, Program in History of Science and Technology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA

How Einstein found his Field Equations

Visiting Scholar (24 Aug-24 Sep 2017)

DPhil, Reader in Early Modern History, University of York

Early Modern Notions of Cleanliness and Dirt

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Jan 2016-31 Mar 2017)

MA, Doctoral Student, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

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

Visiting Scholar (8 May 2017-30 Jun 2018)

Dr. phys.

Fritz Haber und die Ammoniak Synthese

Visiting Scholar (26 Mar-11 Aug 2018)

Professor of History Emeritus, Villanova University

Biochemistry in the Max Planck Society during the Postwar Era

Journalist in Residence (22 Jan-18 Mar 2018)


A History of Life and Earth


Visiting Scholar (1 Jun 2011-31 Dec 2017)


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

IT Support Main Contact

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-30 Jun 2018)

MA, Doctoral Student, Columbia University

"The Myth of Greek Algebra": Philology and the Discovery of Calculus, 1580–1710

Visiting Scholar (11 Sep-15 Oct 2017)

PhD, Senior Lecturer, Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas

From Sonar to Quartz Clock: Technology and Physics in War, Academy, and Industry

Visiting Scholar (1 Jan-15 Jul 2017)

Dr., Prof. em., Universität Bremen

Konrad Lorenz: „KL als scientific persona, „Harnack-Pläncker“ und öffentlicher Wissenschaftsstar in der Zeit des Kalten Krieges bis in die 1970er Jahre“

IT Researcher


Event Recording, Reference Management, Media Library


Interlibrary Loan

Senior Research Scholar (Since Jul 1998)

Prof. Dr., Außerordentliche Professorin an der Universität Konstanz

"Useful Sciences," State Bureaucracy, and Industrialization in Prussia (c. 1760–1830)

Visiting Scholar (1 Jun 2014-31 May 2021)

Prof. Dr., Berlin Social Science Center

History of the Max Planck Society

Research Scholar (18 Aug 2014-31 May 2019)

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

Visiting Scholar (1 Jul 2017-31 Mar 2018)

Honorary Research Fellow, Department of History, University of Nottingham

The History of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs (Pugwash) in East and West Germany during the Cold War

IT Researcher, Research Technology Officer (8 Aug 2016-7 Aug 2018)


Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Apr 2017-31 Mar 2018)

MA, MPI for European Legal History (Frankfurt/ Main)

Legal History in the MPG (Jurisprudence)

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Jan-31 Dec 2017)

MA, Doctoral Student, Freie Universität Berlin

Listening Techniques in Post-Reformation Geneva: Evidence from the Registers of the Consistory (1542–1555)


Visiting Scholar (1-30 Apr 2018)


Good Science. Epistemic values and Scholarly Reputations. Europe, 1770-1830

Research Scholar (1 Jul 2013-31 Dec 2018)


Research Scholar (1 Jun 2015-31 Dec 2022)

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

MA, Doctoral Candidate, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

John Bulwer (1606-1656): On the Theatricality of Medical Knowledge; Ciphers, Sounds and Ear Trumpets: Acoustics and Espionage in England, 1655-1685

Visiting Scholar (15 Mar 2013-15 May 2018)

PhD, President's Professor of Theoretical Biology and History of Biology, Arizona State University

History of Biology, Computational History of Science, Evolutionary Models of the Dynamics of Knowledge, Complexity Theory

Research Scholar (1 Jan 2018-31 Dec 2019)

Research Scholar

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Mar-30 Jun 2018)

DPhil Student, University of Oxford

Computerizing Diagnosis: Minds, Medicine, and Machines in Twentieth-Century America

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep-31 Aug 2017)


Practicalities in “Practical Studies” in Nineteenth-Century Korea Thinking Social and Technological Innovation through Papermaking

Visiting Scholar (Since Mar 2006)

Dr., Außerordentlicher Professor an der Freien Universität Berlin

History of Science in Connection with History of Philosophy on the Basis of Social History; Sciences in Greek Antiquity; Early Modern Physics and Chemistry; History of Biology (Fifteenth to Eighteenth centuries)

Visiting Scholar (1 Feb 2017-31 May 2018)


Cosmochemistry and Astroparticle Research in the Max Planck Society

MPG Minerva Research Group Leader (1 Sep 2012-28 Feb 2019)

Dr. Phil.

Reading and Writing Medicine in Early Modern England

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-31 Aug 2019)

Signal, Symbol, Measure, Model: Acoustic Processing and Computational Knowledge

Visiting Scholar (7 Jan-7 Feb 2018)

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-31 Aug 2018)

Visiting Scholar (15 Feb 2018-15 Feb 2019)


Umbrella Project: Knowledge in and of the Anthropocene

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-31 Aug 2020)


Geographical Fragments from Early Medieval China: Local Gazetteers before Local Gazetteers



Acquisitions and Cataloguing

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (17 Sep 2017-31 Mar 2019)


On beyond IP as a Political Act

Visiting Student (1 Dec 2017-30 Nov 2018)

The Genesis of the CPT Theorem

Visiting Scholar (1 Sep-31 Oct 2017)

PhD, Centre National de la Recherche ScientifiqueCentre A. Koyré, Histoire des Sciences et des Techniques

Seizing the Intangible Gestures as Objects of the Human Sciences in the Long Nineteenth Century

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Dec 2017-15 Aug 2018)

Astrology and Astronomy in Liao-Yuan China and Inner Asia

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-30 Apr 2018)

Doctoral Student, Princeton University

The Systematization of Values in German Design 192x-195x

Visiting Scholar (1 Oct 2017-30 Jun 2018)

PhD, Reader in History of Science and Medicine, Queen Mary University of London

Good Doctors: A Story of Governing and Knowing from Medieval to Modern Europe

Visiting Scholar (1 Sep 2017-31 Aug 2018)


Hortus Oceanus Indicus: The Calcutta Botanic Garden and the Making of the Indian Ocean Environment, 1786-184

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Jan 2017-10 Apr 2018)


Transregional Artistic Knowledge in Renaissance Siena

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (13 Mar 2017-12 Mar 2019)

PhD, Université Paris Diderot – Paris 7, Laboratoire SPHERE

Numerical Literacy in the Old Babylonian Kingdom of Larsa

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (24 Jul 2017-28 Feb 2020)

Harmonies at Work: Musical Instruments and the Transfer of Knowledge in Early Acoustics

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Jan-30 Jun 2018)

Charting the Weather: a History of Graphical Representations in late 18th-century Meteorology

Visiting Scholar (1 Aug-31 Dec 2017)

PhD, Associate Professor, NYU Steinhardt

The Speed of Sound: Stretching Time, Shifting Pitch

(15 Aug 2016-28 Feb 2020)

MA, Doctoral Candidate, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Visiting Scholar (1-16 Sep 2017)

PhD, Professor of History, University Foundation Professor

Paracelsus: Completing Nature, Recreating the Soul

Visiting Scholar (1 Jan-31 Mar 2018)

Research Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the Institute of History of the Spanish National Research Council

A Global History of Human Teeth

External Scientific Member (Since Nov 2010)


Etymology and Allegoresis in the Ancient Greek Scholarly Traditions

Visiting Scholar (1 Apr 2017-31 Mar 2018)

PhD, Professor Emeritus, Hebrew University

Secularization and Scientific Development: Cause or Effect?

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-30 Jun 2020)

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

Visiting Scholar (1 Jan-30 Apr 2018)

PhD, Associate Professor

Souls, Science & Socialism. Parapsychology in India and South Africa, 1950-80

Predoctoral Research Fellow (1 Mar 2018-28 Feb 2021)


Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (20 Jun-15 Jul 2018)


Famine, Science and the Aesthetics of Planning in Modern India

Visiting Scholar (1 Sep 2017-31 Jan 2018)

PhD, Visiting Faculty, Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research

Ancients and Moderns: A Cultural History of Modern Science in India (1600–2000)

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep-31 Dec 2017)

The Steady-State of Cultures. Margaret Mead, Gregory Bateson, and American Anthropology 1930–1950

Executive Assistant

Senior Research Scholar (1 Sep 2015-31 Aug 2019)


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

Research Scholar (15 Mar 2018-14 Mar 2020)


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

Visiting Scholar (1 Jun-31 Jul 2018)

Vilas-Bablitch-Kelch Distinguished Achievement Professor, Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Biological Individual in the Nineteenth Century


Senior Research Scholar (Since Jun 2005)

PD Dr.

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

Research Scholar (1 Nov 2010-30 Jun 2020)


History and Philosophy of Early Modern Science with a Special Focus on Epistemology, Cosmology, and Philosophy

Senior Research Scholar (1 Sep 2017-31 Aug 2020)


Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Mar-31 May 2018)

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


Head of Administration

Subject Librarian for Chinese Studies

Chinese Library Material

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Jan-31 Mar 2018)

Philology as a Way of Knowing

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-31 Aug 2019)

MA, Doctoral Student, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

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

Visiting Scholar (1 Oct-31 Dec 2017)

PD Dr. phil., Research Associate and Lecturer, Musicology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Volume and Vibration. A Media and Knowledge History of Public Address Systems between Electroacoustics, Politics and Music, Germany circa 1930

Research Coordinator, Senior Research Scholar (Since Aug 2014)

PhD, Honorary Associate Professor

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep-30 Nov 2017)

Doctoral Student, University of Vienna

Instituting Anthropology: The Circulation of Scientists and Ethnographic Materials between North America, German and Austria, 1883-1933

Visiting Scholar (30 Nov-12 Dec 2017)

PhD, Research Associate

Andean and Mesoamerican Cartography. Epistemology and Innovation; Innovative Moral Business and Finance of Capitalism


Visiting Scholar (1 Oct 2011-31 May 2019)

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

History of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Oct 2016-30 Sep 2017)


Nature’s Imprint: Botanical Illustration between Northern Europe and the New World (1550-1750)

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

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

Visiting Scholar (1 Sep 2017-31 Aug 2018)

PhD, Professor of Global History and Culture, University of Warwick

Cultures of Innovation in Global History

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Oct 2016-30 Sep 2018)

Dr. phil.

The Anthropocene on Backstage: Tracing the Earth System before Earth System Science

Visiting Scholar (15 Feb-14 Apr 2018)

PhD, Professor of Long Term Development of Science and Technology, University of Twente

Technologies in Use, 1760-1840: Toward a Historical and Historiographical Frame

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


The History of Black Holes

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-31 Aug 2020)


A Transnational History of Mountaineering

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"

Research Scholar (1 Jan-31 Dec 2018)

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Feb 2018-31 Jan 2020)

The Particle Physics Tradition in the Final Theory Program


Personnel (Surnames A-K)

Visiting Scholar (1 Jan-31 Mar 2018)

Full Professor

Global Networks and Local Institutions. The Dynamics of the Globalization of Knowledge at Play in the Mobility of Natural Objects and Astronomical Research in Nineteenth-century Chile

Director (Since Apr 2013)

Dr., Professor, TU Berlin, FU Berlin, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Histories of Planning

Travel Office Administrator

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

Visiting Scholar (3 Apr-31 May 2018)

PhD, Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication

Algorithmic Modeling of Musical Time

Visiting Scholar (1 Sep 2016-31 May 2018)

Dr. med., Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto

Historicizing the Technoscientific Turn of Reproduction in the Twentieth Century

Research Program Coordinator, Senior Research Scholar (1 Jul 2015-31 May 2019)


History of the Max Planck Society

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Apr 2016-31 Oct 2018)

The Ain Juj Water Conduit – Hydraulics and Isotope Chemistry of Sinter Accumulation

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Feb-31 Dec 2017)

Publishing Policy and Decision-making Powers: Paul Rosbaud and the Role of Consultants in the Scientific Book Trade, c. 1925–1965

Visiting Scholar (14 Mar 2016-31 Dec 2017)

Dipl. Soz.

Bibliometrics in the History of Science

Research Scholar (1 Feb 2018-31 Jan 2022)


Visiting Scholar (15 Jan-15 Jul 2018)

Prof. Dr.

Departmental Assistant

Departmental Assistant

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (8 May 2017-28 Feb 2020)

Theater Exhibitions, Exhibition Media, and the Humanities around 1900

Visiting Scholar (15 Feb-15 Apr 2018)

Prof. Dr., Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal

Music in Therapy. Narratives of Musical Practices in Medical Context in the 19th and 20th Century

Visiting Scholar (1 Nov-20 Dec 2017)

Dr. rer.nat, Dr. phil.

Transcendent Experiences - Phenomena, Ideas, and Judgements


Interlibrary Loan

Visiting Scholar (1 Jun-31 Jul 2018)

PhD, Research Associate and Editor, Darwin Correspondence Project

Artisan Naturalists

Visiting Scholar (1 Sep-1 Oct 2017)

Senior Research Scholar, Group Leader (1 Sep 2012-31 Dec 2018)


A Natural History of Data; Extinction and the Value of Diversity

Research Scholar (9 Nov 2015-30 Sep 2019)


Convivencia Project; Reformist Objects

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-28 Feb 2018)

Experts of Memory: Chanting as a Method and Verification of Learning in Tang Dynasty China

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-31 Aug 2019)


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

Visiting Scholar (1 May 2016-30 Apr 2018)

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

Rathenau Senior Fellow (Since Apr 2007)


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

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2015-31 Aug 2018)


Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-28 Feb 2018)

The Science of Learning, the Practice of Education: A History of 'Anschauungspädagogik', ca. 1806-1871

Visiting Scholar (1 Jan-31 Mar 2018)

PhD, Reader in Classical Art

Slight, Description and Knowledge in Imagines of the Elder Philostratus

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (5-31 Mar 2018)

Visiting Scholar (16 Jul 2017-15 Jul 2018)

Dr., Full Professor, University of Calgary

Über den Wiederanschluss der neurowissenschaftlichen Forschung in der MPG an die Weltspitze

Visiting Scholar (1 Jul-30 Sep 2017)

PhD, Assistant Professor of Music, Columbia University

Music and the Limits of Psychology, 1910–1960

Research Scholar (1 Aug 2014-31 May 2019)


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

IT Support Main Contact

Visiting Scholar (8 May 2017-31 Dec 2018)

Dr. phil.

Fossile Moderne - Technische Materialitäten und Zeitregimes im Anthropozän

Visiting Scholar (1 Sep-31 Dec 2017)

PhD, James McGill Professor of Culture and Technology, Department of Art History and Communication Studies

The Speed of Sound: A History of Time-Stretching and Pitch-Shifting

Staff (1 Aug 2016-29 Feb 2020)



Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1-30 Nov 2017)

Radio-Activities: The Architecture of Broadcasting in Cold War Berlin

Research Scholar (1 Sep 2008-31 Dec 2019)


Visiting Scholar (26 Nov-7 Dec 2017)

PhD, Professor

Cross-cultural Transmission and Reconstruction of Mechanics since the 17th Century

Research Group Leader (1 Mar 2015-28 Feb 2020)

Dr., Professor for the History of Knowledge, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

The Making of Acoustics in Sixteenth to Nineteenth-Century Europe

Research Scholar (1 Mar 2017-28 Feb 2019)

Dr. phil.

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

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep-4 Oct 2017)


La Falsa Alchimia de la Quale Tanta Stima già ne Feci: Lomazzo’s Thought on Alchemy

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (15 Jan 2018-14 Jan 2019)


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

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

Visiting Scholar (15 Jan-30 Jun 2018)

PhD, Advanced Lecturer, Loyola University Chicago

Guildhalls as Hybrid Socio-religious Spaces and as Part of a Network of Religious Spaces

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (11 Nov-31 Dec 2017)

Chemical Desires (1850-1929): Making the Architectural Materials of Modernity

Visiting Scholar (1-31 Mar 2018)

Research Professor, Catalan Institution of Research and Advanced Studies

Personhood and the Locked-in Syndrome

Postdoctoral Fellow (15 Jul 2016-14 Jul 2020)

Dr. rer. nat.

Senior Research Scholar (Since Sep 1994)

Dr., Honorarprofessorin HU Berlin

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

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

Journalist in Residence (1 Apr-31 Jul 2018)

Hilma af Klint and the Art of Scientific Illustration


Visiting Scholar (26 Oct 2016-25 Oct 2017)

PhD, Associate Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Concessions of Interest and Struggles for Rights versus Technology Dependence: A Case Study of Jinpu Railway 1908-1937

Research Scholar, IT Project Manager (15 May 2017-14 May 2019)

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Mar-30 Jun 2018)

"Though their Causes be not yet discover'd": Occult Traditions in the Making of Newton's Natural Philosophy

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-31 Aug 2018)


Transmission of Medical Knowledge Embedded in Islamic Texts to China, 17th–19th Centuries

Research Scholar (2 Oct 2017-31 Jan 2020)


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

Departmental Assistant

Visiting Scholar (1 Sep-31 Dec 2017)

PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Visual Arts, University of California, San Diego

The Electric Modern: Modernity, Labor and the Visual Archive

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (18 Jul 2017-17 Jul 2018)


Narratives of Transformation: The Globalization of Indigenous Knowledge

Research Scholar (Since Jan 2000)

Dipl. Phys.

Research IT


Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Jul 2017-30 Jun 2018)

MA, Doctoral Student, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Role of Astronomers and Physicians as Agents of Scientific and Medical Exchange in the Mongol Eurasia

Visiting Scholar (1-30 Nov 2017)

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

A Preliminary Investigation of the Old Chinese Maps Collected in Max-Planck Institute for the History of Science

Visiting Scholar (22 Jan-22 Feb 2018)

PhD, Senior Lecturer, Tel Aviv University

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

Research Scholar (20 Mar 2017-19 Mar 2019)

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


Economics as a Coordination Tool. Investment Planning in Électricité de France, from the Nationalisation (1946) to the 1970s

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-30 Apr 2018)

Doctoral Student, University of California, Berkeley

Ontogeny of the Will and the Sciences of Child Development in Germany, 1750–1870


Visiting Scholar (15 Aug-30 Sep 2017)

Prof. Dr. rer. oec. habil., Professor of the History of Technology, Technische Universität München (TUM)

Fighting Uncertainty and Promising Safety—Practices of Evidence for Technical Safety in Twentieth Century Engineering

Visiting Scholar (26 Nov-7 Dec 2017)

Prof. Dr.

Cross-cultural Transmission and Reconstruction of Mechanics since the 17th Century

Departmental Assistant

Departmental Assistant

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


Translating Everyday Experience into Social Knowledge: Central European Feuilleton Culture around 1900