Homepage of Prof. Dr. Klaus Hentschel  (Stuttgart)


since Oct. 1, 2006: Chair of the Section for History of Science and Technology (GNT) 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 until today again vice director.

Sept. 2013 - March 2015 and April 2017-Sept. 2018: Head of the Fachverband Wissenschaftsgeschichte, from April 2015 to March 2017 second head.

Since 2014 elected member of the National Committee of the Federal Republic of Germany for the International Union for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IUHPST), 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

Since 2003: member of  the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in Halle


Main series editor of  Stuttgarter Beiträge zur Wissenschafts- und Technikgeschichte

co-editor of Sudhoffs Archiv. Zeitschrift für Wissenschaftsgeschichte; editorial board member of Physics in Perspective (1996 until today), of Physik-Journal (2006-2010) and of Isis (since 2018); scientific consultant for the English translation of all correspondence volumes of the Collected Papers of Albert Einstein (vols. 8-15)


Main Research Interests:

o Cognitive History of Science (concept development, role of analogies & metaphors, frames & schemata); anthology on analogies 2010; monograph on mental models of light 2017

o Comparative history of science and technology; search for historical patterns

o 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)

o Research Technologies (esp. applied laser research; DGGMNT-conference 2011 & published anthology 2012)

o Techniques of Visual Representation in Research and Education                      monograph on Mapping the Spectrum (2002)

o Visual Cultures in Science, Technology and Medicine – A Comparative History (appeared in late 2014 at Oxford Univ, Press)

o Prosopography & networks of scientific illustrators 1450-1950 (freely accessible internet-based database DSI with more than 12300 entries)

o Invisible hands in physics research practice (anthology 2008 and monograph on Gauß’s instrument maker Meyerstein 2005)

o Social networks in the history of science, technology & medicine (currently advisor of several pertinent Ph.D. theses)

o Historical ontology: A systematic study of arguments for the taxonomy of rays ca.1700-1900 (publ. as a monograph in 2007)

o Mentality of German physicists shortly after 1945 (publ. in 2005 & in Engl. Transl. 2007)

o Interplay of Instrumentation, Experiment and Theory (with case studies on redshift in the solar spectrum, 1880-1960): Habilitation Thesis 1995 and various papers

o Physics and National Socialism: (An Anthology of Primary Texts, publ. in Basel 1996)

o Philosophical (Mis)Interpretations of Relativity Theory (Dissertation 1989, publ. in Basel 1990 and various papers)

o 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 then follow the link ‘Lehre

Advisor of Advanced Students (currently 8 Ph.D. thesis; 13 finished Ph.D.s; dozens of MA and BA theses)

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

Recent research on the German Physical Society during the NS-period

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

Homepage Klaus Hentschel, last modified July 1, 2018