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Ursula Klein

Research Scholar (Feb 2020-Apr 2020)

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 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 studied biology, chemistry, philosophy, sociology, psychology, and history of science at the Freie Universität of Berlin and the University of Konstanz. She also worked as a teacher (Gymnasiallehrerin) of chemistry and biology (1980–88).

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.

Projects

Anthropocene Knowledge: Earth History in the Making

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History of Earth System Science

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IV. Knowledge in and of the Anthropocene

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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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Scientific and Technological Expertise in Industrial Europe

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Technoscience avant la lettre

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Selected Publications

Klein, U. (2018). Die Berliner Hofapotheke: Produktions-, Lehr- und Forschungsstätte. In J. Bleker, P. Lennig, & T. Schnalke (Eds.), Tiefe Einblicke: das Anatomische Theather im Zeitalter der Aufklärung (pp. 37-54). Berlin: Kulturverlag Kadmos.

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Klein, U. (2019). Paper tools. In J. Renn, & M. Schemmel (Eds.), Culture and cognition: essays in honor of Peter Damerow (pp. 155-159). Berlin: Edition Open Access.

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Klein, U. (2018). Die frühen Schriften. In O. Ette (Ed.), Alexander von Humboldt-Handbuch: Leben – Werk – Wirkung (pp. 22-30). Metzler Verlag. doi:10.1007/978-3-476-04522-5_3.

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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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Events

Symposium

25 Years of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

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Conference

The Making of Useful Knowledge

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Lecture

Knowledge in the Context of Planning: Examples from Prussia

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Workshop

Down-To-Earth Chemistry: Between the Country and the City

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News & Press

Research Scholar Ursula Klein quoted in Süddeutsche Zeitung on Alexander von Humboldt

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Research Scholar Ursula Klein appears on rbb Abendschau discussing Alexander von Humboldt

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Zeit Online quotes Research Scholar Ursula Klein in article on Alexander von Humboldt

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