Fourth Conference on History of Quantum Physics

15 - 18 July, 2015, Palacio de Miramar, Donostia-San Sebastián (Spain).

The last decade saw a surge in new scholarship on the history of quantum physics, built upon new sources, interpretations, and historiographical approaches. Three successful meetings in Berlin (2007), Utrecht (2008) and Berlin (2010) triggered a momentum of innovative projects and novel publications on the topic, which this conference wants to follow and expand upon.

The Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC) and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) jointly organize the fourth edition of this series of conferences, to be held in Donostia/San Sebastian (Spain).

Conference website

Videos of the talks available at

Roots of Quantum Gravity

Workshop, June 27-30, 2011

Organizers: Jürgen Renn, Dean Rickles, Alexander Blum

The unification of quantum theory with Einstein's theory of gravitation remains the great unsolved problem of modern physics. Scholars both from physics and the history of science will meet at the institute to re-examine and discuss a selection of early sources central to the history of the search for such a quantum theory of gravity.

For further information see here.

The Hanneke Janssen Memorial Prize

Call for Nominations.

Jos Uffink: Hanneke Janssen Memorial Lecture, HQ-3 Conference, July 2, 2010 (Video recording, Link to the Media Library)

This prize is founded in memory of Hanneke Janssen to honour her person and her work in the field of history and philosophy of physics, both as a student and as Managing Editor of the journal Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics. For further information about the Hanneke Janssen Memorial Prize please see the call for nominations.

For more details we refer to the stipulations.

Historical roots of quantum gravity research

Pasadena, USA, August 10-12, 2010

A joint workshop of the Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science and the Einstein Papers Project at the California Institute of Technology.

For further information please download the flyer.


June 28 - July 2, 2010 in Berlin.

For further information about the third conference on the history of quantum physics please visit the conference website

“Physik in Berlin“ – Ringvorlesung zum 200. Universitätsjubiläum

Sommersemester 2010


Das Programm der Vorlesung finden Sie hier

Memorial Colloquium for Jürgen Ehlers on the occasion of his 80th birthday

January 15, 2010, Max Planck Campus Potsdam-Golm

For further information please visit the memorial website.

History of the Fritz Haber Institute

March 31, 2009

In preparation of the centenary of the Fritz Haber Institute in 2011, Dieter Hoffmann (MPIWG) & Bretislav Friedrich (FHI) launch a seminar series on the History of the Fritz Haber Institute. The individual sessions will be listed in the section Colloquia


July 14-17, 2008, Utrecht

Call for Papers

More information can be found on the conference website.

Three Societies Conference 2008

July 4-6, 2008, Oxford

Session: "Quantum Physics at the Crossroads" with talks by:

  • Massimiliano Badino, A quantum melting pot: the origin of the quantum theory of ideal gas.
  • Arne Schirrmacher, On the available and necessary mathematical resources for matrix mechanics and their social dispersion
  • Christoph Lehner, Creative Confusion. Quantum Theory on the Way to Wave Mechanics
  • Daniela Monaldi, The Multi-Fathered Birth of Quantum Statistics
  • Christian Joas, Interacting Fields: Nuclear and Solid State Physics 1930-1960
  • More information can be found on the conference website.

    History of Quantum Theory. A one-day satellite meeting of the History of Quantum Physics project.

    31 May 2008, University of Sydney

    Laurent Taudin: Welle und Teilchen, 2005

    Illustration: Laurent Taudin

    Guido Bacciagaluppi (Sydney)
    Kristian Camilleri (Melbourne)

    Guido Bacciagaluppi (Sydney)
    Kristian Camilleri (Melbourne)
    Elise Crull (Notre Dame)
    Dean Rickles (Sydney)
    Max Schlosshauer (Melbourne)

    More details.

    Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften

    June 14, 2008, Berlin, FHI and German Museum of Technology

  • Presentation of the Project: Fritz Haber Villa (Faradayweg 8/ Hittorfstr. 24)
  • MPI for the History of Science and Archives of the Max Planck Socienty: presentation of archival material, short talks, and guided tours through Dahlem and the immediate neighbourhood

    More information can be found here.

  • Presentation of the Project at the Max Planck Exhibition:
  • Program and Press Release

    Symposium for the 125th Birthday of Max Born

    Dec 11 and Dec 12, 2007

    at the Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy and at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin.

    Download Born Symposium Flyer (pdf, 164 kB)


    HQ-1 Workshop

    July 2-6, 2007

    The talks, transparencies and papers of the HQ-1 meeting are all available online now.

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