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Prof. Klaus Hentschel

Areas of Research: Digital Humanities, History, Physics
Thematic Priority: History of physics, astronomy, materials science, optics, spectroscopy, quantum mechanics, visual cultures of science & technology, databases

Field of Work

Klaus Hentschel is a historian of science specializing in the physical sciences from the early-modern period to the 20th century.He published 10 books, 17 anthologies & editions, >100 papers. His last big projects were a comparative history of visual cultures in science, technology & medicine (2014 Oxford Univ.Press), an anthology on the life & work of C.F.v. Weizsäcker (Wiss. Verlagsgesellschaft 2014), a collaborative project on the history and practice of materials science (2016) and a book on the development of the concept and mental model of light quanta (Springer 2017).

Personal Information

Klaus Hentschel (*1961) studied physics, philosophy and history of science at the Univ. of Hamburg. His Ph.D. dissertation deals with philosophical (mis)interpretations of Einstein's theory of relativity. in 1995/96 he was felllow at the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology am Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and lecturer at the Univ. of Göttingen 1992-2003, and researcher at the univ of Berne 2003-5. Since 2006 he is full professor and director of the section for history of science and technology at the university of Stuttgart. Furthermore he is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, of the Académie International d'Histoire des Sciences and of the German committee of the International Union for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IUHPST).


Prof. Klaus Hentschel
University of Stuttgart
Institute of History (HI)
Tel.: +49 711/ 685-82312

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