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Ursula Klein

Senior Research Scholar (Since 1998)

Prof. Dr., Außerordentliche Professorin an der Universität Konstanz

Ursula Klein is a Senior Research Scholar (since 2005; and 1998–2004 director of an independent research group). She is a Professor (apl) at the University of Konstanz (since 2007). She received the HIST Award for outstanding achievements in the history of chemistry, sponsored by the American Chemical Society (2016). Ursula 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 Associate Editor of Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science and a member of the editorial boards of Ambix, Annals of Science, 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 studied biology, chemistry, philosophy, sociology, psychology, and history of science at the Free University of Berlin and the University of Konstanz. She also worked as a teacher (Gymnasiallehrerin) of chemistry and biology (1980–88).

Her research interests include science, technology and the state in the industrialization of Prussia; hybrid (technical-scientific) experts in European history; history of the technological sciences; history of laboratory sciences; history and philosophy of chemistry; and Alexander von Humboldt in context.

Projects

Anthropocene Knowledge: Earth History in the Making

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Scientific and Technological Expertise in Industrial Europe

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Historical Styles of Experimentation and Observation: Historia Experimentalis

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Materials in the History of Science and Technology (1700–1850)

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Technoscience avant la lettre

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Selected Publications

Klein, U. (2016). Kuhn in the Cold War. In A. Blum, K. Gavroglu, C. Joas, & J. Renn (Eds.), Shifting paradigms: Thomas S. Kuhn and the history of science (pp. 115-121). Berlin: Edition Open Access.

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Klein, U. (2016). Abgesang on Kuhn's 'Revolutions'. In A. Blum, K. Gavroglu, C. Joas, & J. Renn (Eds.), Shifting paradigms: Thomas S. Kuhn and the history of science (pp. 223-231). Berlin: Edition Open Access.

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Klein, U. (2015). A revolution that never happened. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science. Part A, 49, 80-90. doi:10.1016/j.shpsa.2014.11.003.

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Klein, U. (2017). Wissenschaftlich-technische Expertise in der Porzellanherstellung (um 1800). FERRUM: Nachrichten aus der Eisenbibliothek, 89, 6-13. doi:10.5169/seals-685411.

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Events

Lecture

Knowledge in the Context of Planning: Examples from Prussia

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Conference

The Making of Useful Knowledge

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