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).


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 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 Sep 2019-29 Feb 2020)

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

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2019-29 Feb 2020)

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 2019)


The Ontological Status of Geometrical Objects in the Commentary on the Elements of Euclid of Jaques Jacques Peletier du Mans (1517 -1882)

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 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 Sep-31 Oct 2019)

Out of Place out of Time: Film Project

Research Scholar (1 Jul 2019-30 Jun 2020)

Das Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung

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

MRes, MSc, MA, BSc

Research IT

IT Support Main Contact


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

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


Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Aug 2017-31 Jul 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 Predoctoral Fellow (1 Aug-30 Sep 2019)

PhD candidate, University of Oxford

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


Copyright Clearance

Research Scholar (Since Apr 2012)

PD Dr. habil.

Visualizations of the Heavens and Their Material Cultures in Eurasia and North Africa (4,000 BCE–1700 CE)

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

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

Dipl. Phys.


(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 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

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Oct-31 Dec 2019)


The Hebrew Translation of Euclid's Data

IT Support

Research Scholar (1 May 2016-31 Dec 2019)


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 Mar 2019-28 Feb 2021)


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


Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Jan-31 Dec 2019)


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)

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

Publication Manager


Visiting Scholar (16 Sep-18 Oct 2019)

PhD, Associate Professor, MA Program in Religious Studies, and Academic Coordinator, Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Bucharest

Thema: Cartesian Cosmology in the Early Modern Period

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Nov 2018-31 Dec 2020)

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

Visiting Scholar (1 Jun-31 Dec 2019)

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, Honorary Research Fellow, University College London

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

Visiting Scholar (1 Oct 2006-31 Jan 2021)


Gespaltene Vernunft (Teil 2), Buchprojekt

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1-30 Jun 2018)

The Electronic Circuit as Post–Musical Score

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

Research Scholar (6 Nov 2017-31 Dec 2019)

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 (Since Sep 2012)


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 2018-30 Sep 2019)

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)


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


"Understanding the Anthropocene": The Level of the Sea

Visiting Scholar (15 Feb-15 Nov 2019)

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

Rethinking the History of the Green Revolution

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

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Oct 2018-30 Sep 2021)

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


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

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Apr 2016-31 Mar 2020)

MA, Doctoral Student, Technische Universität Berlin

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

Research Scholar, Communications Editor (Since Apr 2016)


Science in Society; Science Communication; Public Outreach

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 2019)

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 (19 Aug-18 Nov 2019)

PhD, Technische Universität Berlin, Berliner Zentrum für Wissensgeschichte

The Birth of Quantum Mechanics from the Spirit of Radiation Theory Keywords: Correspondence Principle, Old Quantum Theory, Quantum Mechanics, Theory Development

Visiting Scholar (1 Jul 2019-1 Dec 2020)

PhD, Professor, University of Minnesota

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Jan 2016-31 May 2020)

MA, Doctoral Student, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

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

Visiting Scholar (1 Jul 2018-23 Nov 2019)

Dr. phys., TU Berlin

Origins of Scientific Discovery: Fritz Haber and Ammonia Synthesis

Visiting Scholar (12 Aug 2018-31 Mar 2020)

Professor of History

The Max Planck Institutes and Early Postwar German Biochemical Research Networks


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

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 Sep-15 Nov 2019)

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 Scholar (15 May 2018-31 Dec 2019)

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

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 (23 Sep-31 Oct 2019)

Dr., MARKK - Museum am Rothenbaum, Hamburg

Coloured Maps from East Asia from the Museum am Rothenbaum in Hamburg: A Study of a Chinese Scroll Map entitled Tianxia yutu

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

IT Support

Visiting Scholar (16 May 2018-31 Dec 2020)

Extended Evolution Theory of Knowledge and Computational History

Research Scholar (1 Jan 2018-31 Dec 2019)

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

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Jul 2018-30 Jun 2021)

The Role of Mathematics in the Final Theory Program

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 Scholar (15 Feb 2018-31 Dec 2020)


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

Research Scholar (1 Oct 2018-31 Mar 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 Apr 2019-31 May 2020)

PhD, University of Maastricht

A Song for a Blue God: Essence, Embodiment, and Equity in Colour.

Visiting Scholar (1 Sep 2019-31 May 2020)

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

African Chemistry: Science with an African Totem

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Jan-31 Oct 2019)

PhD, Chair for the History of Science, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Hortus Indicus Malabaricus: 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 Predoctoral Fellow (15 Aug 2016-28 Feb 2020)

MA, Doctoral Candidate, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

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

PhD, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation 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 Aug 2018-1 Jun 2020)

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

Commentaries on mathematical Texts in a Comparative Perspective

Visiting Scholar (1 Aug 2018-31 Dec 2020)

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?

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

Emergence: Real or Apparent Opposition to the Final Theory?


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)

Senior Research Scholar (1 Sep 2015-26 Feb 2020)


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


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

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 (1 Sep 2017-5 Sep 2020)


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 (1 Oct-31 Dec 2019)

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 (15 Sep 2017-14 Nov 2019)

MA, Doctoral Student, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

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

Research Coordinator, Senior Research Scholar (Since Aug 2014)

PhD, Honorary Associate Professor

Visiting Scholar (1 Sep-31 Oct 2018)

PhD, Alexander P. Misheff Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Paul E. Geier Director, Villa I Tatti, Florence, Italy

Architecture in Two Dimensions. From Drawing to Photography

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)


Knowing the Shadow: The Experiential Dimension of Matter


Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Oct 2019-30 Jun 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)

Assistant Professor, National Technical University of Athens

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

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Oct 2018-31 Dec 2019)

Dr. phil.

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

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Apr-30 Sep 2019)

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 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"

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 2019)

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)

Director (Since Apr 2013)

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

Histories of Planning

Research Scholar (1 Jan 2018-31 Dec 2019)

Visiting Scholar (1 Nov 2019-31 Oct 2020)

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

Visiting Scholar (1 Apr 2019-14 May 2021)

Dr. med., Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto

Animal Lounges: Launching Nature into the History of Airports

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


History of the Max Planck Society

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Jan-30 Sep 2019)

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

Visiting Scholar (14 Mar 2016-31 Dec 2022)

Dipl. Soz.

Bibliometrics in the History of Science

Research Scholar (1 Feb 2018-31 Jan 2022)

Dr. phil.

„Vom Zählen und Vergleichen: Die Personalstatistik der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft“ am 17.9.2018 Arbeitskreis Sozialdaten und Zeitgeschichte, Bad Homburg (gefördert von der Werner-Reimers-Stifftung)

Visiting Scholar (15 Jan 2018-31 Mar 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 (8 May 2017-28 Feb 2020)

Theater Exhibitions, Exhibition Media, and the Humanities around 1900

(1 Apr 2019-31 Mar 2021)


Interlibrary Loan

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 2015-30 Sep 2019)


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 2020)


Early Histories of Plants from the Americas in the Early Modern Ottoman World

Visiting Scholar (1 May 2016-30 Apr 2020)

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 2019-31 May 2020)

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

IT Support Main Contact

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

Dr. phil.

Fossil Modernity

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

Editorial Assistant (1 Aug 2016-29 Feb 2020)

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (15 Nov 2018-15 May 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 Aug 2019-29 Feb 2020)

The Coimbra Commentaries’ Doctrine of Sense Perception

Visiting Scholar (1 Oct-30 Nov 2016)

MA, Visiting Associate Professor, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature

Research Scholar (1 Sep 2008-31 Dec 2019)


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?

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 2017-31 May 2022)

Dr. phil.

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

(1 Feb 2018-31 Jan 2020)

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

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (15 Jan 2018-14 Mar 2020)


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

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

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

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.

Ausstellung im Comenius-Garten: Künstler, Wissenschaftler, Kinder und das Nichts.

Postdoctoral Fellow (15 Jul 2016-14 Apr 2021)

Dr. rer. nat.

Methoden zur Analyse eines Textkorpus

Senior Research 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

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 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)

Research Scholar (2 Oct 2017-31 Jan 2020)


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-31 Oct 2019)

Doctoral Candidate, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

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 Aug-31 Dec 2019)

MA, Doctoral Student, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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

Visiting Scholar (21 Mar-31 Dec 2019)

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

The Chang of Chinese Traditional General Maps: A Study on Two General Maps of the Late Qing Empire

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


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