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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Lehrstuhl für Wissenschaftsgeschichte

M.A. Diego Grola

M.A. Diego Grola

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Diego Grola works at the Geological Institute, part of the São Paulo State
Secretariat of Environment, assisting in the management of historical scientific
collections. He holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in History from the
University of São Paulo and is pursuing a Ph.D. at the same institution.
Currently, he is also a visiting scholar in the Chair for the History of Science at
the Humboldt University of Berlin. His research interests center on the
development of practices and networks of scientific collecting during the late
nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries.



History of scientific collecting
History of museums
German-Brazil relations



Scientific collecting in São Paulo: the role of German-speaking agents,

This dissertation project examines how German-speaking scientists stimulated
private collectors, amateurs, and specimen dealers involved in the gathering of
scientific collections in Brazil. Between the late nineteenth and early twentieth
centuries, amateurish collections and collecting practices in Brazil become more
professional, dynamic, and scientific with the support and encouragement of
professional scientists. Particularly relevant to this process were German-
speaking scientists that settled in Brazil and joined Brazilian scientific
institutions, like the German zoologist Hermann von Ihering (1850–1930) and
the Austrian mineralogist Eugen Hussak (1856–1911). Both spread the newest
collecting standards and practices among their collaborators and intermediated relations between collectors in Brazil and museums and specimen buyers in
Europe. By connecting suppliers in Brazil to buyers in Europe, Ihering and
Hussak also created or reinforced networks by which flowed specimens as well
as equipment, working techniques, and knowledge.