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Homepage of Prof. Dr. Klaus Hentschel (Stuttgart)

Since 2003: member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in Halle
since Oct. 1, 2007: Chair of the Section for History of Science and Technology in the History Department of the University of Stuttgart,
since Oct. 15, 2007: Vice director of the History Department., from Oct. 2010 until Sept. 2013 director of the History Department., since then again vice director.
Sept. 2013 - March 2015 Head of the Fachverband Wissenschaftsgeschichte, since then until today second head.
Since 2014 elected member of the national Committee of the Federal Republic of Germany for the International Union for the History of Philosophy of Science (IUHPS), Division of History of Science and Technology (DHST)
Since 2005: corresponding member of the Académie Internationale d'Histoire des Sciences in Paris, since 2013 full member
Main series editor of Stuttgarter Beiträge zur Wissenschafts- und Technikgeschichte
co-editor of Sudhoffs Archiv; editorial board member of Physics in Perspective
1996 until today: scientific consultant for the English translation of all correspondence volumes of the Collected Papers of Albert Einstein (from vol. 8 until vol. 15 so far)

Main Research Interests:

- Cognitive History of Science (concept development, role of analogies & metaphors, frames & schemata)
- Comparative history of science and technology; search for historical patterns
- History of materials science (esp. disciplinary status, materials testing, and metallography; NTM special issue;
- History of the MPI of Solid State Research and of the MPA in Stuttgart; interfacultary teaching project and editor of an anthology 2015/16)
- Research Technologies (esp. applied laser research; DGGMNT-conference 2011 & published anthology 2012)
- Visual Cultures in Science, Technology and Medicine – A Comparative History (appeared in late 2014 at Oxford Univ, Press)
- Prosopography & networks of scientific illustrators 1450-1950 (freely accessible internet-based database DSI with more than 10300 entries)
- Invisible hands in physics research practice (anthology 2008 and monograph on Gauß’s instrument maker Meyerstein 2005)
- Social networks in the history of science, technology & medicine (currently advisor of several pertinent Ph.D. theses)
- Historical ontology: A systematic study of arguments for the taxonomy of rays ca.1700-1900 (publ. as a monograph in 2007)
- Mentality of German physicists shortly after 1945 (publ. in 2005 & in Engl. Transl. 2007)
- Mapping the Spectrum: Techniques of Visual Representation in Research and Education
- Interplay of Instrumentation, Experiment and Theory (with case studies on redshift in the solar spectrum, 1880-1960): Habilitation Thesis 1995 and various papers
- Physics and National Socialism: (An Anthology of Primary Texts, publ. in Basel 1996 and Prosopography of members expulged from the DPG in 1938/39)
- Philosophical (Mis)Interpretations of Relativity Theory (Dissertation 1989, publ. in Basel 1990)
- History of Philosophy of Science, esp. Berlin and Vienna Circle as well as Ernst Mach and Pierre Duhem (several research articles in international journals)

Please click on the following items:

Profile in Research Gate

Publications: Books, Papers and Reviews

Talks given

Teaching in the Past

Current Teaching, click here to follow the link ‘Lehre’

Advisor of Advanced Students (currently 6 Ph.D. thesis;10 finished Ph.D.s; numerous MA and BA theses)

A brief cv and other information on Hentschel’s academic activities

A few useful internet-links


Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Dipl. phys. Klaus Hentschel M.A.

Universität Stuttgart
Historisches Institut
Abt. für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften und Technik
Keplerstraße 17, Level 8a
D-70174 Stuttgart

Tel.: 0711 / 685-82312
Fax: 0711 / 685-82767
E-Mail: Klaus Hentschel, Klaus.Hentschel@hi.uni-stuttgart.de

Homepage Klaus Hentschel, last modified Dec. 10, 2015