Hans Rausing Lectures

About the Hans Rausing Lecture

The Hans Rausing Lecture is a public lecture on the history of science delivered by a distinguished international scholar. In 2002 Uppsala University established the Hans Rausing Chair in History of Science in recognition of the scientific achievements of Professor Tore Frängsmyr who became its first holder. The chair is named after Hans Rausing, one of Swedens most illustrious industrialists and father of the donor Dr. Lisbet Rausing. With the endowment the Rausing family wanted to secure the highest scholarly standards of research in the Office for History of Science at Uppsala University. Current holder of the Hans Rausing Chair in History of Science is H. Otto Sibum. In the annual Hans Rausing Lecture leading foreign scholars provide current international perspectives on the history of science. The lecture is given at the beginning of the academic year, generally in October.

Previous Lectures


Ken Alder: "The Forensic Self: Proving Identity from the Counter-Reformation to the Dreyfus Affair"


Karine Chemla: "The Motley Practices of Generality in Various Epistemological Cultures"


Gianna Pomata: "Epistemic Genres Across Cultures: Recipes and the Exchange of Medical Knowledge between Early Modern China and Europe"


Angela N. H. Creager: “‘EAT. DIE.’ The Domestication of Carcinogens in the 1980s”


Peter Galison: "Wastewilderness"


Peter Dear: "Laminates of Time: Darwin, Classification, and Selection"


Kapil Raj: "Bringing the World into the History of Science"


Steven Shapin: "Changing Tastes: How Things Tasted in the Early Modern Period and How They Taste Now"


Lorraine Daston: "The Rise of Scientific Observation in Early Modern Europe"


Evelyn Fox Keller: "Self-Organization, Self-Assembly, and the Inherent Activity of Matter"


Simon Schaffer: "The Information Order of Isaac Newton’s Principia Mathematica" (Publication)


M. Norton Wise: "Neo-Classical Aesthetics of Art and Science: Hermann Helmholtz and the Frog-Drawing Machine" (Publication)


J. L. Heilbron: "Coming to Terms with the Scientific Revolution"


Janet Browne: "Science and Celebrity. Commemorating Charles Darwin"


William R. Shea: "Galileo's Roman Agenda"


Sheldon Rothblatt: "The University as Utopia"