Contributing Editors

Contributing Editors

The contributing editorship for the Isis Current Bibliography of the History of Science is a new editorial position as of 2017 and is a professional service position for scholars in history of science. Contributing editors coordinate with the Isis Bibliographer to help collect resources in a special area. Some of the editors are charged with contributing material in a specific language area to ensure that the IsisCB has an adequate coverage of non-English language resources. Others will work on topical areas of specialization. Contributing Editors are asked to serve for a two-year term, which is renewable, and agree to devote several hours each month to collecting material for the bibliography. The bibliographer is continually interested in finding editors in new areas, so please contact the Isis Bibliographer if you are interested in learning more about this position.


Francesco Luzzini (special editor for Italian language sources; term 2017-2019)

Francesco Luzzini (PhD, History of Science; BA/MA, Natural Sciences) is Affiliate Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin (MPIWG, Department I) and Research Scholar at the Museum of Sciences in Trento, Italy (MuSe). His work focuses on the Earth sciences, natural philosophy, and medicine in Europe from the XVII to the XIX centuries. In 2012 and 2014 he was Research Fellow at the Linda Hall Library in Kansas City (MO), and in 2015-2016 he was Edition Open Sources Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oklahoma Libraries and at the MPIWG, working on a critical edition of Antonio Vallisneri’s manuscript Primi Itineris Specimen. He is Councilor for “Earth Sciences History” (Journal of the History of Earth Sciences Society), History of Science Editor of the philosophical journal Il Protagora, and Scientific Manager of the Electronic Inventory of Antonio Vallisneri’s Correspondence. He taught History of Biology at the University of Milan (2012-2015) and History of Geology at the University of East Piedmont (2010), and from 2012 to 2017 he was Column Editor for “Acque Sotterranee”, Italian Journal of Groundwater.

Helge Wendt (special editor for German  language sources; term 2017-2019)

Helge Wendt is a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, where he is associated with the project “Globalization of Knowledge.” He received his PhD from the University of Mannheim in 2009, where he taught early modern history. His research focuses on the global history of coal, the history of Christian missions in different colonial contexts and the history and historiography of globalization. He currently works on the global history of knowledge of black coal (18th and 19th centuries). Wendt published a book on the global history of colonial missions Die missionarische Gesellschaft. Mikrostrukturen einer kolonialen Globalisierung (Franz Steiner, 2011) and papers on different aspects of history of colonial mission, global history of coal and history of science. He is co-editor of The History of Physics in Cuba (Springer, 2014) and editor of The Globalization of Knowledge in the Iberian Colonial World (1500–1900) (Edition Open Access, 2016).


Didi van Trijp (special editor for Dutch language sources; term 2017-2019)

Didi van Trijp is a third-year PhD student at Leiden University. She has studied History at Utrecht University from 2010-2013 and was a visiting student at the University of California, Berkeley as part of that program. She obtained her MSc in History and Philosophy of Science (cum laude) from Utrecht University in 2015. During her studies she assisted a project at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. Besides this she has acted as manuscript assistant to Isis, the journal of the History of Science Society for some time. Her research is concerned with knowledge of the world underwater (be it oceans, seas, rivers or streams) in Europe during the long-eighteenth century. The primary focus is the development of ichthyology, a branch of zoology that studies sea creatures – fish as well as the occasional mermaid. She looks into the textual, visual and material cultures of natural history, as well as collecting practices and the construction of classification schemes. On a more general level, she is interested in connections between art and science in the early modern and modern period.

Other Contributors

Jonathon Erlen (contributor of dissertations in history of science; since 2003)

Jonathon Erlen is a PhD in History and teaches courses in the history of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and through the History Department/Honors College at that institution.  His research interests focus on recent doctoral dissertations in the broad scope of the medical humanities.  He oversees the lecture series sponsored by the C.F. Reynolds Medical History Society.