Foto Marcus Popplow

Prof. Dr. Marcus Popplow

  • Neuer Zirkel 3

    D-76131 Karlsruhe


Science and Research

History of technology in pre-modern and modern Europe
Transportation and mobility history
History of knowledge on technology
History of the engineering profession
Historical discourses on technology
Methodical approaches to research in the history of technology
Popularization of research in the history of technology

Field of Activity and Membership

Membership in the Gesellschaft für Agrargeschichte, of the T2M – International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility and in the Gesellschaft für Technikgeschichte

Co-editor for the fields of engineering and land transport in the Encyclopedia of the Modern Era (Metzler Verlag / Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut, Essen) (2002-2012)

Member of the Scientific Board of the journal Technikgeschichte (published by the VDI and the Gesellschaft für Technikgeschichte) (since 2010)

Academic Distinctions

1992 Awarded the Rudolf Kellermann Prize for the History of Technology for his master's thesis on the medieval concept of machines.


2013 Award for the monograph "Technology in the Middle Ages" of the "Conrad-Matschoß-Prize" given by the Verein deutscher Ingenieure (VDI) - Association of German Engineers

Academic Career

1987-1992 Studies in History and German at the Universities of Heidelberg and Bremen

1993-1995 Short-term scholarships by the Research Institute at the German Museum, Munich, the DAAD (Università di Milano) and the Centro Tedesco di Studi Veneziani, Venice

1997          Doctorate (Dr. phil.) University of Bremen

1997-2001 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin

2001-2002 Research Associate at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin

2002-2005 Research associate (DFG) at the BTU Cottbus

2005-2010 independent work in university research and teaching as well as history education

2009          (summer term) substitute in the academic council at the Chair for the History of Natural Sciences and Technology, University of Stuttgart

2011          (summer semester) Substitute in the Chair for History of Science and Technology, University of Stuttgart

2011-2012 Austrian Science Fund (FWF) project assistant at the Chair for Economic, Social and Environmental History, University of Salzburg

2012-2013 (winter semester) Visiting professor at the Department of History, University of Salzburg

2013-2014 (winter semester) Substitute in the Chair for Early Modern History, University of Augsburg

2014-2016 Head of the History of Technology Department at the Institute for Philosophy, History of Literature, History of Science and History of Technology, TU Berlin



  • Studies director in the modules "History of Ideas in Europe I", "History of Ideas in Europe II"
    and "Cultural History of Technology I" in the study program EUKLID B.A.