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Lynn K. Nyhart

Visiting Scholar (Jun 2018-Jul 2018)

Vilas-Bablitch-Kelch Distinguished Achievement Professor, Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Lynn K. Nyhart is Vilas-Bablitch-Kelch Distinguished Achievement Professor of the History of Science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she has worked for nearly 30 years. She is interested in all aspects of the history of biology between about 1800 and 1950, including especially the relations among ideas, institutions, and careers relating to biology; the development of life science disciplines within and outside the academy; popular and hobbyist biology and their relations to academic biologists; and the role of politics and religion in shaping the fortunes of biology. While in Department II at the MPIWG, she will be working on the role of politics in the co-construction of popular and elite physiology and biology in mid- to late-nineteenth-century Germany.  The author of two monographs on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century German life sciences, Nyhart is also recently co-editor, with Scott Lidgard, of Biological Individuality: Integrating Scientific, Philosophical, and Historical Perspectives (2017), and, with Florence Vienne, of “Revolutionary Politics and Biological Organization in Nineteenth-Century France and Germany,” a special issue of Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences (Nov. 2017). She served as President of the History of Science Society in 2012 and 2013.

Projects

The Politics of Popularization and the Fate of Physiology in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Germany

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