Visiting Scholars

  • Prof. Dr. Mitchell Ash

    Mitchell Ash is working on the repositioning of the Max Planck Society during the unification of Germany (since 1990) in the context of a larger project on "Scientific Changes in Times of Political Upheaval".

  • Dr. Luisa Bonolis

    Luisa Bonolis’ main research interests are in the history of 20th century physics, particularly the evolution of cosmic ray research into astroparticle physics, the birth of high-energy astrophysics and relativistic astrophysics, the emergence of collider physics in Europe, and internationalism in European physics during the 1930s. 

  • Prof. Dr. Hanoch Gutfreund

    As a Visiting Scholar Hanoch Gutfreund explores the evolution of the MPG’s relationship with Israeli scientific institutions in the context of the establishment of at first scientific and then later diplomatic relations between the State of Israel and the Federal Republic of Germany after 1945, thereby contributing to the research program’s focus on international relations.

  • Prof. Dr. Jeffrey Johnson

    Jeffrey Johnson is a Visiting Scholar in the GMPG Research Program.

  • Prof. Dr. Doris Kaufmann

    Doris Kaufmann is a Visiting Scholar in the GMPG Research Program, working on the history of ethology. She focuses on the emergence and implications of Konrad Lorenz' internationally acknowledged scientific stardom.

  • Dr. Jasper Kunstreich

    Jasper Kunstreich studied in Heidelberg and Oxford and remained at the University of Oxford as a doctoral student until 2016. Since 2016, he has been a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, focusing on the history of commercial law and institutional economics.

  • Dr. Roberto Lalli

    Roberto Lalli is a historian of modern physical sciences whose work focuses on the interconnections between social and epistemic factors in the production and circulation of novel products in theoretical physics and in the international standardization of scientific practices during the 20th century.

  • Dr. Manfred D. Laubichler

    Manfred D. Laubichler is President’s Professor of Theoretical Biology and History of Biology at Arizona State University and a Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. Within the GMPG Research Program Laubichler is focused on the role of the MPG within the development and differentiation of the life sciences, including international comparisons.

  • Dr. Ariane Leendertz

    Ariane Leendertz is Head of the Research Group “The Economization of the Social and the History of Complexity” at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. Her project within the GMPG Research Program is "Changes in Corporate Imagination and Institutional Consequences, 1970s to the Present.”

  • Dr. Juan-Andres Leon

    Juan-Andres Leon trained as a physicist and a historian before doing a PhD in the History of Science. His work looks at the role of science as world transforming practice, political ideology and personal habitus.

  • Prof. Dr. Carola Sachse

    Carola Sachse is Professor Emerita at the Institut für Zeitgeschichte (Institute of Contemporary History) at the University of Vienna, where she taught between 2004 and 2016. For the GMPG Research Program, she explores the history of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, with special emphasis on the involvement of MPG scientists.

  • Prof. Dr. Peter Schöttler

    Peter Schöttler was educated in Bochum and Paris and from 1989 to 2015 served as Directeur de Recherche of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris, the French equivalent to the Max Planck Society. Since 2001 he has been teaching as an Adjunct Professor at the Free University of Berlin.

  • Prof. Dr. Frank W. Stahnisch

    Frank W. Stahnisch is Alberta Medical Foundation/Hannah Professor in the History of Medicine and Health Care at the University of Calgary, Canada. His research interests cover the history of neuroscience, psychiatry, public mental health as well as the emergence of physiological research from the 18th to the 21st centuries.