Short CV/Education and training

  • 1970 – 1972
    Studied sociology, psychology, Freie Universität (FU) Berlin

  • 1972 – 1979
    Studied chemistry, biology, Freie Universität (FU) Berlin

  • 1979
    State examination in chemistry, biology

  • 1988 – 1992
    Studied philosophy and history of the sciences, Freie Universität (FU) Berlin, University of Konstanz

  • 1993
    PhD in philosophy, University of Konstanz (summa cum laude)

  • 1995 – 1997
    Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin

  • 1998 – 2004
    Head of a research group at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin

  • 2000
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in philosophy and history of science, University of Konstanz

  • 2002
    Visiting professor at Humboldt University of Berlin, chair in history and philosophy of science

  • Since 2005
    Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin

  • Since 2007
    Professor of history and philosophy of science, University of Konstanz

Selected publications


  • Klein, U., (with Wolfgang Lefèvre): Materials in Eighteenth-Century Science. A Historical Ontology. Cambridge (Mass.): MIT Press, 2007

  • Klein, U.: Experiments, Models, Paper Tools. Cultures of Organic Chemistry in the Nineteenth Century. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2003

  • Klein, U.: Verbindung und Affinität. Basel: Birkhäuser, 1994


  • Klein, U.: Paper Tools in Experimental Cultures. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 32 (2): 265–302, 2001

  • Klein, U.: Not a Pure Science: Chemistry in the 18th and 19th Centuries. Science 306(5.11.04), 981–82, 2004

  • Klein, U.: Technoscience avant la lettre. Perspectives on Science 13 (2): 226–266, 2005

  • Klein, U.: Shifting Ontologies, Changing Classifications: Plant Materials from 1700–1830 . Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 36: 261–329, 2005

  • Klein, U.: Apothecary’s Shops, Laboratories and Chemical Manufacture in Eighteenth-Century Germany, In Lissa Roberts, Simon Schaffer and Peter Dear (eds.), The Mindful Hand. Inquiry and Invention from the Late Renaissance to Early Industrialisation, Amsterdam: Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen: 246–276, 2007

  • Klein, U.: Die technowissenschaftlichen Laboratorien der Frühen Neuzeit. NTM–Internationale Zeitschrift für Geschichte und Ethik der Naturwissenschaften, Technik und Medizin: 5–38, 2008

  • Klein, U.: The Laboratory Challenge: Some Revisions of the Standard Picture of Early Modern Experimentation. Isis 99 (4), Focus: 769–82, 2008

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, since 2008

  • Member of the "Committee on the history of chemistry of the Federation of European Chemical Societies" (FECS)

Editorial positions:

  • Ambix

  • Annals of Science

  • Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences

  • The Open Philosophical Journal

Additional qualifications

  • Taught chemistry and biology at the Gymnasium (grammar school) level, 1980 – 1988


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