FHI Centenary Group
Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
Centennial Project
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Project Members


Bretislav Friedrich

Bretislav Friedrich is a Research Group Leader at the Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft and Honorarprofessor at the Technische Universitaet Berlin. He graduated from Charles University, Prague, in 1976, and earned his PhD in chemical physics from the Czech Academy of Sciences in 1981. His awards include the Iberdrola Fellowship (Spain), the Outstanding Referee Award (American Physical Society), and honorary membership in the Czech national Learned Society. His experimental and theoretical research at Göttingen (1986-87), Harvard (1987-2003), and Berlin (from 2003) has dealt with interactions of molecules with fields, molecular spectroscopy, molecular collisions, and molecular cooling and trapping. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in physical chemistry and molecular physics as well as in the history of science. Bretislav Friedrich is the spokesman for the Centennial Project.


Dieter Hoffmann

Dieter Hoffmann is a senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and apl. Professor at the Humboldt University in Berlin. He graduated 1972 in physics at the Humboldt University, where he also earned his PhD (1976) and his Habilitation (1989), both in history of science. From 1976 until 1991 he worked at the Akademie der Wissenschaften der DDR, afterwards at the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt and the Forschungsschwerpunkt Wissenschaftsgeschichte, since 1996 he is at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.
Research topics: History of physics in the 19th. and 20th. century, espec. on Max Planck, the institutional and experimental history of quantum theory and modern metrology; physics in the Third Reich; history of science in the GDR.


Jeremiah James

Jeremiah James received his doctorate in the History of Science from Harvard University with a dissertation on the early career of chemistry Nobel laureate Linus Pauling, focusing particularly on Pauling’s integration of quantum chemistry and structural imaging techniques such as x-ray crystallography.
His other research interests include the early history of x-ray crystallography and the longue durée history of bonding theories and chemical models.
He is concurrently a member of the History and Foundations of Quantum Physics project at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.


Thomas Steinhauser

Thomas Steinhauser studied chemistry, Italian, and history of science at the University of Regensburg, where he worked on Galileo, the Liebig-Woehler correspondence, and the history of nuclear magnetic resonance (nmr).
In 2008 he did research on the construction and diffusion of the first self-recording infrared spectrophotometers as a Scholar-in-Residence at the Deutsches Museum, Munich.
His actual research interests focus on spectroscopic instrumentation in 20th. century chemistry.


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