Staffan Müller-Wille

Visiting Scholar (Jul 2022-Sep 2022)

Prof. Dr

Staffan Müller-Wille is university lecturer in history of life, human, and earth sciences at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge. From 2007 to 2019, he was associate professor in the history and philosophy of the life sciences and deputy director of Egenis, the Centre for the Study of the Life Sciences, at the University of Exeter (UK). He also holds an honorary chair at the Institute for History of Medicine and Science Studies, University of Lübeck. He received his PhD from the University of Bielefeld (1997) and subsequently worked as scientific curator at the German Hygiene Museum in Dresden (1998–2000) and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin (2000–2004, Dept. Rheinberger). His research covers the history of the life sciences from the early modern period to the early twentieth century, with a focus on the history of natural history, anthropology, and genetics.



  • Elena Isayev and Staffan Müllert-Wille, 'Hospitality and Knowledge: Linnaeus’s Hosts on His Laplandic Journey', co-authored with Elena Isayev. Social Research 89 (1): 199–230.

  • 'Corners, Tables, Lines: Towards a Diagrammatics of Race', Nuncius 21 (3=Special Issue “Science and Race,” Guest editors Claudio Pogliano and Mauro Capocci, 2021), pp. 517–531.

  • Nick Hopwood, Staffan Müller-Wille, Janet Browne, Christiane Groeben, Shigehisa Kuriyama, Maaike van der Lugt, Guido Giglioni, Lynn K. Nyhart, Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, Ariane Dröscher, Warwick Anderson, Peder Anker, Mathias Grote, Lucy van de Weil, ‘Cycles and Circulation: A Theme in the History of Biology and Medicine’, History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 43 (2021), 89

  • Staffan Müller-Wille and Katrin Böhme, ‘“Jederzeit zu Diensten": Karl Ludwig Willdenows und Carl Sigismund Kunths Beiträge zur Pflanzengeographie Alexander von Humboldts‘, in Alexander von Humboldt: Geographie der Pflanzen, edited by Ottmar Ette and Ulrich Päßler, edition humboldt print, Vol. 1, (Stuttgart: Metzler, 2020), pp. 75–108.

  • 'Names and Numbers: "Data" in Classical Natural History, 1758–1859', Osiris, vol. 32 (=Data Histories, edited by Elena Aranova, Christine von Oertzen and David Sepkoski, 2017), pp. 109–128.



Knowledge in Translation: Linnaeus and Other Knowledges


The Structural Turn in Twentieth-Century Biology and Anthropology


Past Events