Ursula Klein (Prof. Dr.) is an independent scholar associated with Department I. She was a leader of an independent research group (1996–2004) and a senior researcher (2004–2020) at the MPIWG, and she also taught history and philosophy of science at the University of Konstanz. Ursula received the HIST Award for outstanding achievements in the history of chemistry, sponsored by the American Chemical Society (2016). She is a member of the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher/Leopoldina (since 2008), member of AcademiaNet, and received a call to a professorship for the history and philosophy of science at the University of Vienna (2007, declined in 2008). She is a member of the editorial boards of Ambix, Annals of Science, Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Centaurus, Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, and Hyle.
Ursula achieved her Habilitation in Philosophy, University of Konstanz (2000); PhD Philosophy, University of Konstanz (1993); and Higher State Exam in chemistry and biology (1979). She was a teacher (Gymnasiallehrerin) of chemistry and biology (1980–1988).
Her research interests include studies of the interaction of the natural and technological sciences in the Industrial Revolution, the history of Earth-system sciences, including Alexander von Humboldt’s related research, the history and philosophy of chemistry, and the history of the laboratory.