Portrait Kärin Nickelsen


Prof. Dr. Kärin Nickelsen


Prof. Dr. Kärin Nickelsen is Professor for History of Science at Ludwig Maximilian University Munich. She is also spokesperson of the DFG research group “Cooperation and Competition in the Sciences”. Her research interests include the history of experimental life sciences, the construction of scientific models, and individual and collective research heuristics. During her stay as Visiting Scholar in the GMPG Research Program, Kärin Nickelsen is researching the role of the MPG in the Human Genome Project (c. 1990-2003) and its cooperative and competitive practices and conventions.

Selected Publications

Nickelsen, Kärin.: Physicochemical Biology and Knowledge Transfer. The Study of the Mechanism of Photosynthesis Between the Two World Wars. In: J. Baedke and C. Brandt (ed.): New Styles of Thought and Practices. Biology in the Interwar-Period. Special Issue of the Journal of the History of Biology, 1-29.

Nickelsen, Kärin: On Otto Warburg, Nazi Bureaucracy and the Idiosyncracy of Moral Judgement. Photosynthetica 56 (2018), 75-86.

Nickelsen, Kärin: Explaining Photosynthesis. Modelling Biochemical Mechanisms 1840-1960. Dordrecht: Springer 2015.

Nickelsen, Kärin and Govindjee: The Maximum Quantum Yield Controversy. Otto Warburg and the “Midwest-Gang.” Bern: University of Bern 2011.

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