Agustí Nieto-Galan

Agustí Nieto-Galan
Agustí Nieto-Galan is Professor of 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 former 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.


Agustí Nieto Galan
Centre d'Història de la Ciència (CEHIC), Office D3-09
Mòdul de Recerca de Ciències (MRC),
Carrer de Can Magrans, 08193 Cerdanyola del Vallès (Barcelona)
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Tel. +34 93 5868682

Àrea de coneixement

Història de la Ciència

Línies de recerca

Història de la divulgació científica sgs. XVIII-XX
Història urbana de la ciència, sgs. XIX-XX
Ciència i Franquisme


Doctor en Història (1994). Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
Llicenciat en Història (1991). Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
Enginyer químic (1984). Institut Químic de Sarrià (IQS)


Llibres (com autor)

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

(2011). Los públicos de la ciencia. Expertos y profanos a través de la historia. Madrid: Marcial Pons.

(2004). Cultura industrial, historia y medio ambiente. Barcelona: Rubes.

(2001). Colouring Textiles. A History of Natural Dyestuffs in Industrial Europe. Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science. Dordrecht: Kluwer.

(2001). La seducción de la máquina. Vapores, submarinos e inventores. Madrid: Nivola Libros.

Com editor

Hochadel, Oliver; Nieto-Galan, Agustí (eds.) Urban Histories of Science. Making Knowledge in the City, 1820-1940. Routledge. London 2018.

Hochadel, Oliver; Nieto-Galan, Agustí (eds.) Barcelona: An urban history of science and modernity (1888-1929). Routledge. London 2016.

Papanelopoulou, Faidra; Agustí Nieto-Galan y Enrique Perdiguero (eds). Popularizing Science and Technology in the European Periphery, 1800-2000. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009.

Capítols de llibre

Hochadel, Oliver; Nieto-Galan, Agustí, “Introduction”, in Oliver Hochadel and Agustí Nieto-Galan (eds.) Barcelona: An urban history of science and modernity (1888-1929). Routledge: London 2016, 1-21.

Ferran, Jordi; Nieto-Galan, Agustí, “The city of electric light: Experts and users at the 1929 International Exhibition and beyond”, in Oliver Hochadel and Agustí Nieto-Galan (eds.) Barcelona: An urban history of science and modernity (1888-1929). Routledge: London 2016, 223-244.

“Centers and peripheries revisited: STEP and the mainstream historiography of science”, in Ana Simões, Jurgen Renn and Theodor Arabatzis (eds.) Relocating History of Science. Essays in Honour of Kostas Gavroglu. Bostons Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science. Springer. Dordrecht, 2015, 69-84.

Nieto-Galan, Agustí, “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. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010, pp. 321-354.

Bertomeu-Sánchez, José Ramón y Agustí Nieto-Galan (eds.) Chemistry, Medicine, and Crime: Mateu J.B. Orfila (1787-1853) and His Times. Sagamore Beach (USA): Science History Publications, 2006.


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.

Nieto-Galan, Agustí. “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.

Nieto-Galan, Agustí. “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.

Nieto-Galan, Agustí. “Historicitat i heterodòxia. La divulgació científica de Louis Figuier (1819-1894)”, Quaderns de Filologia. Estudis Lingüístics, 17, 2012, 81-94.

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

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

Nieto-Galan, Agustí. “La ciencia en la esfera pública del siglo XIX: géneros, discursos y apropiaciones”, Cultura Escrita & Sociedad, 10, 2010: 53-80.

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

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

Nieto-Galan, Agustí. "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.

Participació en congressos/altres activitats de recerca (des de 2010)

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

- “El poder de la química a l’Espanya de Franco”, IHMC, València, octubre 2017.

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

- “Knowledge in the city”, key-note at the International Workshop “Urban Agency network”, Centre for Urban History, Antwerp, octubre, 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, novembre, 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, maig 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, maig, 2015.

- “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, novembre, 2014.

- ‘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), juliol 2014.

- “Revisiting Gramscianism” (Plenary Lecture), International Conference “Science as Cultural Hegemony”, IEC, Barcelona, 22-24 January 2014.

- “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, 28-11-2013

- “M. Lora Tamayo: reforma i agitació universitària en els anys 1960” CEHIC-UAB, Barcelona, 22-03-2013  - “Chemistry and power during Franco’s regime: Manuel Lora Tamayo”, Scientific Biographies, UPF, Barcelona, 03-05-2013.

- “Historia y memoria de un centenario. La química en España y en el mundo en 1913”, Universidad de Granada, Granada 11-04-2013.

- “El matrimoni de la química”. Cicle: Les imatges de la ciencia. Ateneu Barcelonès, Barcelona, 08-01-2013

- “Los públicos de la ciencia” and “Historiografía de la ciencia en el franquismo”, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, 23, 24 February 2012.

- “Science Popularization as Cultural Hegemony: From Dictatorship to Democracy”, in Putting Science on the Air in Europe, 1920s to 1980s. ESF Exploratory Workshop. Humboldt University. Berlin, 3-5-05- 2012.

- (amb F. Papanelopoulou) “Popularizing Science and Technology in the European Periphery”, organization of session. 8th STEP meeting. Corfú (Greece) 21-06-2012.

- (amb O. Hochadel). Organization of symposium: “Barcelona Cityscapes”
ICOTECH, 39th Symposium in Barcelona, 10-14 Julya 2012.

-  “Walking through the city, looking for spectable: Science in the 1888 Barcelona Exhibition”, ICOTECH, 39th Symposium in Barcelona, 10 - 14 July 2012.

- “Máster en Historia de la Ciencia, UAB-UB”, Simposio de la Sociedad Española de Historia de la Medicina, 9-10 November 2012. Santiago de Compostela.

- “Ciència i nació a l’esfera pública: aeronautes, astrònoms i aeroplans a la Barcelona de l'inici del segle XX”, IHMC-Universitat de València, 15-18 November 2012, Trobada SCHCT.

- “Los públicos de la ciencia” Invited seminars. IHMC-Universitat de València, 18-19 December 2012.

- “Miguel Masriera (1901-1981) y la divulgacion de la ‘cultura atómica’ en la España de Franco”, Història de la física a Espanya (segle XX): balanç i perspectives. Institut d’Estudis Catalans (IEC), Barcelona, 1 December 2011.

- “Ramon Llul, la ciència i la història: algunes reflexions actual”, Festivitat de Ramon Llull Facultat de Ciències-Facultat de Biociències, UAB. 30 November 2011.

- “Antonio Gramsci revisited”, Workshop Revisiting STEP issues, Department of History and Philosophy of Science. University of Athens. Athens (Greece), 15 September 2011.

- “Communication and documentation in chemistry”, Chairman at the Conference: Renewing the Heritage of Chemistry in the 21st Century: Conversations on the Preservation, Presentation and Utilization of Sources, Sites and Artefacts, Paris, 22 June 2011.

- “Distintas miradas sobre los Estudios Sociales sobre la Ciencia y la Tecnología” (Mesa redonda) I Encuentro de la Red de Estudios Sociales de la Ciencia y la Tecnología del Estado Español. Madrid, Medialab Prado, 25 May 2011.

- “Los públicos de la ciencia. Expertos y profanos a través de la historia”, Institut d’Estudis Catalans. Barcelona. 2 March 2011.

- “The Historiography of science in Spain”, Department of History and Philosophy of Science. University of Athens. Athens (Greece), 11 February 2011.

- “Secrets i receptes. Carles Ardit i el Tratado teórico-práctico de la fabricación de pintados e indianas”, Arxiu Municipal d’Història. Barcelona, 25 January 2011.

- “Una realimentación positiva. La història mediambiental i la història de la ciència”, Institut d'Història de la Medicina i de la Ciència (IHMC). Universitat de València. December 2010

- “Manuel Lora Tamayo. Chemistry and Power in Franco Spain”, 4th European Society for the History of Science meeting (Barcelona, 18-20 November, 2010).

- Organization of the de Symposium at the 4th European Society for the History of Science meeting (Barcelona, 18-20 November, 2010): “Science in the public sphere: Barcelona 1888-1936”.

- “The cultures of natural history in Spain around 1900: Odón de Buen and his audiences”, Host-Conference Lisbon. September 2010.

- (amb Jaume Sastre) “Barcelona 1929: science and technology in a ‘peripheral’ international exhibition”, 6th Science and Technology in the European Periphery (STEP). Galway, Ireland, June 2010.

- “Popularizing Science in 20th century Spain”, Max-Planck Institute for History of Science. (Berlin) May 2010: Workshop “Science Communication in the 20tuh Century”.

Participació en projectes/grups de investigació

2016-2019 (HAR2015-66364-C2-1-P) “Natural vs. Artificial: Industrial Waste, Expertise and Social Responses in 20th-Century Spain” (Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad).

2014-2017: ORCHA— “Order/Chaos: Genealogy of Two Concepts in the Culture of European Mathematical Physics” (Dr. Massimiliano Badino) FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IOF
Marie Curie Actions— International Outgoing Fellowships (IOF)

2014: “How to write an urban history of science: New approaches and case studies” Third Watson Seminar in the History of Material and Visual Science. Project funded by Watson International Publishing (USA).

2013 – 2015 (HAR2012-36204-C02-02): “Scientific authority in the public sphere in twentieth-century Spain” (Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad).

2009-2013: Grup de recerca consolidat i finançat (SGR2009-887): “Science, Technology and Medicine in Modern Catalonia (18th– 20thcenturies).

2009-2012 (HAR2009-12918-C03-02) (subprograma HIST): “Science and Expertise in the public sphere: Barcelona (1888-1992)”

2006-2009 (HUM2006-07206-C03): “Los públicos de la ciencia, la tecnología y la medicina en la España contemporánea” Proyecto coordinado (Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia)

2006-2009 (HUM2006-07206-C03-01): “La divulgación de la ciencia, la tecnología y la medicina en la Barcelona industrial (1815-1929)” (Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia)

2005-2006 (HP2005-0004): “La ciencia en la Península Ibérica. Un estudio histórico comparativo entre España y Portugal, sgs XVIII-XX” (Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia)

2002-2005 (BHA2002-04611-C03-03): “La divulgación científica en la Barcelona industrial (1805-1929)” (Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia)

2002-2005 (2002SGR-00097): Grup de recerca "Francesc Salvà". “Història de la Ciència, la Tecnologia i la Medicina a la Catalunya Contemporània, sgs. XVIII-XX” (DURSI. Generalitat de Catalunya)

Altre informació

Premi ICREA-Acadèmia (2009). Generalitat de Catalunya. Research award for 5 years)

Chief editor (together with professors Lissa Roberts and Oliver Hochadel) of the new series Cultural Dynamics of Science at Brill (Leiden).

Member of the Editorial Board of the prestigious series Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science at Springer.

Director of the Centre d’Història de la Ciència (CEHIC) at the UAB.

“Acreditació” de Catedràtic (full profesor) Agencia Nacional de Evaluación de la Calidad y Acreditación” (ANECA) 22-09-2010/2010-002219-CU- Artes y Humanidades.

Docència (curs 2017-18)

Màster d’Història de la Ciència
Història de la Ciència (Grau de Filosofia i Humanitats)
Història de la Química (Grau de Química)

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