Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Chair for the History of Science

PD Dr. Mathias Grote

PD Dr. Mathias Grote
Research Associate (Heisenberg Programme)
mathias.grote (at)

Humboldt-Universität → Präsidium → Philosophische Fakultät → Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften → Wissenschaftsgeschichte mit einem Schwerpunkt in der Geschichte der Bildung und der Organisation des Wissens im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert
Phone number
(030) 2093-70625
Mailing address
Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin

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  • 2022-2023: Visiting Chair in Historical Science Studies at University of Bielefeld
  • Summer Semester 2022: Parental leave
  • Winter Semester 2021/22: Fellow at Alfried-Krupp-Wissenschaftskolleg Greifswald
  • August-September 2021: Parental leave
  • October 2021: Venia Legendi in Modern History (postdoctoral lecture qualification required for assuming a professorship at a German university)
  • Since February 2021: Heisenberg Fellow, German Research Foundation
  • October 2020: Admission to Heisenberg Programme, German Research Foundation
  • April-October 2020: Visiting Professor (Lehrstuhlvertretung), Chair for the History of Science, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • October 2019: Public habilitation colloquium "Moderne Wälzer - Wissenschaft und Enzyklopädismus, ca. 1880 - 1930"
  • Since October 2014: Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter at the Chair for the History of Science (Prof. te Heesen), Humboldt-University of Berlin
  • March 2016: Visiting Fellow, Department of History, Princeton University
  • February-April 2015: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia, PA
  • Summer/Fall 2013: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Centre Cavaillès, École Normale Supérieure Paris, funded by German Academic Exchange Service and Maison des Sciences de l'Homme
  • June 2011-September 2014: Research Fellow at the Institut für Philosophie, Literatur-, Wissenschafts- und Technikgeschichte of Technische Universität Berlin
  • 2010: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society (Egenis) at the University of Exeter, UK
  • 2009: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
  • October 2008: Doctorate at Institute of Biology of Humboldt University, Berlin 
  • 2005 - 2008: PhD-student in the Department of Microbial Physiology at Institute of Biology of Humboldt University, Berlin 
  • 1999 – 2004: Studies in philosophy and biology (M.A.) at Humboldt University, Berlin and Université de Nantes, France


Research Interests

  • Epistemology and history of the modern life sciences (microbiology, molecular biologies and biotechnologies) and the chemical sciences
  • History of books and media in science
  • Temporality of knowledge and historiography of the sciences


Currents Projects



1. History and Philosophy of Science

    Reviewed in BiospektrumFASEB Journal, Isis, N.T.M.,
    Small Things Considered, Choice

Journal articles



Special Issues / Edited Volume


Book chapters and other publications


Contributions to blogs


Podcasts, videos, newspaper articles and other formats


Book reviews and contributions to reference works


2. Life Sciences 


Selected journal articles

  • Grote, M., Engelhard M. & Hegemann , P. (2014). Of ion pumps, sensors and channels – Perspectives on microbial rhodopsins between science and history (Review). Biochimica et Biophysica Acta Bioenergetics 1837, 533-545.
  • Grote M., Polyhach Y., Jeschke G., Steinhoff H.-J., Schneider E. and Bordignon E. (2009). Transmembrane signaling in the maltose ABC transporter MalFGK2-E: Periplasmic MalF-P2 loop communicates substrate availability to the ATP-bound MalK dimer, Journal of Biological Chemistry 284: 17521-17526.
  • Grote M., Bordignon E., Polyhach Y., Jeschke G., Steinhoff H.-J. and Schneider E. (2008). A comparative EPR study of the nucleotide-binding domains’ catalytic cycle in the assembled maltose ABC-importer. Biophysical Journal 95: 2924-2938.