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Dr J.A.E.F. van Dongen (1974) has been appointed professor of History of Science, with a special focus on Physics, at the University of Amsterdam's (UvA) Faculty of Science.

prof Jeroen van Dongen
Photo: Jeroen Oerlemans

Jeroen van Dongen researches the life and work of Albert Einstein and his contemporaries, as well as science during the early Cold War period. He is also interested in the history and philosophy of studies of space, time and gravity, and the relationship between history of science, philosophy of science and scientific practice.

Van Dongen has worked as assistant professor at Utrecht University since 2007. Prior to that, he was attached to the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. He was awarded a Veni grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), and  a grant from the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM) to research the institutional history of physics in the Netherlands during the post-war reconstruction period. Van Dongen is editor with The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein (California Institute of Technology, Princeton University Press). He authored the book Einstein’s Unification (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press 2010).