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Nieto-Galan, Agustí
Profesor titular
Departamento de Filosofía, UAB


Agustí Nieto-Galan is Senior Lecturer in History of Science at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), and ICREA Acadèmia Fellow (2009). Following degrees in both chemistry and history, he took his PhD in the History of Science at the Universitat de Barcelona and held postdoctoral positions in the Modern History Faculty, University of Oxford, and the Centre de Recherche en Histoire des Sciences et des Techniques at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie/ CNRS, Paris. He has written widely on the history of chemistry and natural dyestuffs, and the history of the popularization of science (18th-20th centuries). He is a founding member of the international research group “Science and Technology in the European Periphery” (STEP), and the Director of the Centre d’Història de la Ciència (CEHIC) at the UAB. He is currently working on several aspects of science popularization and urban history of science in Europe. From his recent work on the history of science popularization (18th-20th centuries), Dr. Nieto-Galan focuses now on urban history of science, as a way to explore the complex interactions between science and the city. Following the “urban turn” in the historiography of science, he is now editing a collective volume on the scientific culture of Barcelona (1888-1929). In that “urban” context, he also develops the “hunger artists’ project”, as a new research field on cultural history of science at a European level. Through a careful analysis of several itinerant public fasts from 1880s to the 1920s, he approaches debates on the culture of nutrition, its medicalization processes, and the quest for scientific authority at a comparative level. He also works on a new history of chemistry in twentieth-century Spain, with a particular emphasis on professional chemists’ role during Franco’s dictatorship.

Currículum vitae (pdf)


Main Publications

HOCHADEL, Oliver; NIETO-GALAN, Agustí (eds.) Urban Histories of Science. Making Knowledge in the City, 1820-1940. Routledge. London 2018.


Science in the Public Sphere. A History of Lay Knowledge and Expertise. Routledge. London 2016.


HOCHADEL, Oliver; NIETO-GALAN, Agustí (eds.), Barcelona: An urban history of science and modernity (1888-1929). Routledge. London 2016.

HOCHADEL, Oliver; NIETO-GALAN, Agustí, “How to write an urban history of science, technology and medicine on the “periphery”, Technology and Culture, 57, 2016, 978-988.


“Revisiting Colour History”, Ambix: Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry, 62(1) 2015, 94-97.


Hunger Artists and Experimental Physiology in the Late Nineteenth Century. Mr Giovanni Succi Meets Dr Luigi Luciani in Florence”, Social History of Medicine, 28(1), 2014, 82-107.

“From papers to newspapers: Miguel Masriera (1901-1981) and the role of science popularisation under Franco regime” Science in Context, 26 (3) 
2013, 527-549.

“A Republican Natural History in Spain around 1900: Odón de Buen (1863-1945) and his Audiences”, Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, 42 (3) 
2012, 159-189.

“Scientific “marvels” in the public sphere: Barcelona and its 1888 International Exhibition”, Host, - Journal of History of Science and Technology, 6, 
2012, 7-38. 

Los públicos de la ciencia. Expertos y profanos a través de la historia. Marcial Pons. Madrid 

“Antonio Gramsci Revisited: Historians of Science, Intellectuals, and the Struggle for Hegemony”, History of Science, xlix (
2011) 453-478.  

“Between Craft Routines and Academic Rules:  Natural Dyestuffs and the ‘Art’ of Dyeing in the Eighteenth Century”, in Ursula Klein and Emma Spary (eds.) Materials and Expertise in Early Modern Europe. Between Market and Laboratory, University of Chicago Press. Chicago 
2010, 321-354.

PAPANELOPOULOU, Faidra;  NIETO-GALAN, Agustí; PERDIGUERO, Enrique (eds), Popularizing Science and Technology in the European Periphery, 1800-2000 (Ashgate, 

“… not fundamental in a state of full ‘civilization’”. The Sociedad Astronómica de Barcelona (1910-1921) and its popularization program”, Annals of Science, 66(4), 
2009, 1-32. 

“The History of Science in Spain: A Critical Overview”, Nuncius, 23 (2), 
2008, 211-236.
GAVROGLU, Kostas; NIETO-GALAN, Agustí et al., “Science and Technology in the European Periphery. Some historiographical reflections”, History of Science, xlvi, 
2008, 1-23.

BERTOMEU-SÁNCHEZ, José Ramón; NIETO-GALAN, Agustí (eds.), Chemistry, Medicine, and Crime: Mateu J.B. Orfila (1787-1853) and His Times. Science History Publications, Sagamore Beach (USA), 

"Free radicals in the European periphery: 'translating' organic chemistry from Zurich to Barcelona in the early twentieth century", The British Journal for the History of Science, 37, 
2004, 167-191.

Cultura industrial, historia y medio ambiente. Rubes. Barcelona 

Colouring Textiles. A History of Natural Dyestuffs in Industrial Europe. Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science. Kluwer. Dordrecht 

La seducción de la máquina. Vapores, submarinos e inventores. Madrid 

Recent Invited papers and presentations

“Barcelona: An Urban History of Science and Modernity (1888-1929)”, International Workshop, Science in the Metropolis, Viena, November 2017.


"Gilbert N. Lewis 'The Atom and the Molecule' (1916): Història, memòria i identitat", Plenary Lecture. Chemistry Faculty, UB. Barcelona, November 2016.


“Knowledge in the city”, key-note at the International Workshop “Urban Agency network”, Centre for Urban History, Antwerp, October, 2016.


“Popular astronomy and the promise of “social peace” around 1900: the case of Camille Flammarion”, Session: The promises of science. History of Science Society, Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, November, 2015.


"Science as cultural hegemony" (keynote lecture), Les mises en scène des sciences et leurs enjeux, 19è-21è siècle, International Conference. Institute Historique Allemand, Paris, May 2015.


“‘Starving’ in the public sphere: Hunger artists and scientific expertise in European cities (1880s-1920s)”, Les mises en scène des sciences et leurs enjeux, 19è-21è siècle, Institute Historique Allemand, Paris, May, 2015.


Nieto-Galan, A., “Starving in a Science Pavilion. Giovanni Succi Challenges Doctors’ Authority at the 1888 Barcelona International Exhibition,” Session:” Who’s in Charge? Alternative Actors in Late Nineteenth-Century Nutrition”. History of Science Society, Annual Meeting, Chicago, 6-9 November, 2014.

Nieto-Galan, A., ‘Hunger artists in the public sphere: the fasting contest of Giovanni Succi 
and Stefano Merlatti in Paris, 1886’, session: “New Sites and Practices in Late Nineteenth-Century Physiology” (main organizer), The British Society for the History of Science Conference, Saint Andrews (Scotland), 3-6 July 

Nieto-Galan, A. and Oliver Hochadel, “Barcelona: A new urban history of science and modernity (1888-1929)”,Third Watson Seminar in the History of Material and Visual Science: “How to write an urban history of science: New approaches and case studies” (main organizer), Barcelona, 6 June 

Nieto-Galan, A., “Domination, Appropriation and Resistance”, International Conference “Science as Cultural Hegemony”, Insititut d’Estudis Catalans (IEC), Barcelona, 22-24 January 

Nieto-Galan, A., “Revisiting Gramscianism” (Plenary Lecture), International Conference “Science as Cultural Hegemony”, IEC, Barcelona, 22-24 January 

Nieto-Galan, A., “Del laboratorio a la esfera pública: los artistas del hambre y la autoridad científica de la medicina de finales del siglo XIX”, Seminario de Epistemología Histórica, UNED, Madrid, 28-11-