Horst Kant

Visiting Scholar (Jun 2011-Jan 2020)


Horst Kant is a physicist and historian of science. He received his physics diploma at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in 1969. In 1978, he was a scientific researcher. He founded Dieter Hoffmann in 1978 as a working group on physics history in the physical society of the GDR, which Kant headed until 1990. He worked at the Institute for Theory, History, and Organization of Sciences at Hubert Laitko in the Academy of Sciences of the GDR.

Horst Kant has been at the MPIWG since 1995. He is mainly concerned with the history of natural sciences in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, for example with an early history of radioactivity and nuclear fission (Otto Hahn, Lise Meitner, Werner Heisenberg in the Second World War), Soviet physics history, physics history in Berlin and physical history institutions.

He is a member of the Gesellschaft für Wissenschaftschaftsforschung Berlin. Since 2014 he has been a member of the Leibniz Association of Sciences in Berlin and since 2016 deputy secretary of the class of natural sciences and engineering sciences.

Selected Publications

Kant, H. (2018). Review of: Teichmann, Jürgen: Der Geheimcode der Sterne: eine neue Landschaft des Himmels und die Geburt der Astrophysik. München: Deutsches Museum 2016. Isis, 109(2), 405-406. doi:10.1086/698249.

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Kant, H. (2017). Werner Siemens – Erfinder, (Technik-)wissenschaftler, Unternehmer und Begründer der Elektrotechnik. Leibniz Online, 26, 1-12.

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Kant, H. (2017). Karl Schwarzschild – Anmerkungen zu Leben und Werk. Leibniz Online, 26, 1-10.

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Kant, H. (2016). Einsteins Weg nach Berlin. Leibniz Online, 22, 1-8.

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News & Press

Visiting Scholar Horst Kant quoted in article on the beginning of the Atomic Age