Helmuth Trischler, born in Ulm, Germany, in 1958. Ph.D. from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich. Professor of Modern History and History of Technology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich.
Fellow (1 February 2011 – 30 June 2011)
Knowledge Societies, Expert Networks and Innovation Cultures in Europe, 1850-2000
My project, which is in collaboration with Martin Kohlrausch, aims at producing a book on knowledge societies, expert networks and innovation cultures in Europe between 1850 and 2000. Rather than conceptualising a unique European way of knowing, we identify a multitude of knowledge societies, expert networks and innovation cultures whose inter-relatedness, differences and convergences need to be examined. We will deliver a synthesis on networking and materializing European ways of knowing and innovating. For this purpose we will focus on the transnational exchange of knowledge via expert networks. We will also look at the role of scientific organisations and institutions since the second half of the 19th century and particularly their role in Europe in the global context since the First World War. We will furthermore strive to unfold patterns of international exchange, structures of communication between technical experts and the interaction between these experts and society.
H. Trischler, Luft- und Raumfahrtforschung in Deutschland 1900-1970. Politische Geschichte einer Wissenschaft. (Frankfurt a.M./New York Campus 1992).
H. Trischler and R. vom Bruch, Forschung für den Markt. Geschichte der Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. (München Beck 1999).
H. Trischler and M. Walker (eds.), Physics and Politics. Research and Research Support in Twentieth Century Germany in International Perspective. (Stuttgart Steiner 2010).