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Aristotle Tympas

Basic Information

Title: Associate Professor
Area of Specialization: History of Technology in Modernity
Division: History of Science and Technology

Contact details

Phone No. : (+30) 210 727 5544
Fax: (+30) 210 727 5530
E-mail: tympas[at]phs.uoa[dot]gr
Office hours:

Tuesday 12:00-15:000. To make an appointment, please sent an email to: tympas@phs.uoa.gr.

Website: http://scholar.uoa.gr/tympas
Contact address: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Department of Philosophy and History of Science (M.I.Th.E)
University Campus, Ano Ilisia
15771, Athens

Academic information


Ph.D. in History, Technology, and Society, School of History, Technology, and Society, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2001
M. Sc. in Technology and Science Policy, School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1995
Diploma (5-year study program) in Chemical Engineering, Polytechnic School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 1989

Research interests


  • History, Technology and Society (HTS)
  • Science, Technology and Society (STS)
  • Science and Technology Policy


  • Informatics-telecommunications-automation
  • Conventional and renewable energy
  • Biotechnology and biomedical technology

Courses and Seminars

Department of Philosophy and History of Science (undergraduate)


Required within a specialization:

Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, University of Athens

Department of Philosophy and History of Science (Graduate)

National Hellenic Research Foundation (Graduate)

Selected Publications

  • Aristotle Tympas, Calculation and Computation in the Pre-electronic Era: The Mechanical and Electrical Ages, Springer, 2017.
  • Stathis Arapostathis and Aristotle Tympas (guest editors), History of Technology in Greece, from the Early 19th to 21st Century, Special Issue of the journal History of Technology, Volume 33, 2017.
  • Aristotle Tympas et Foteini Tsaglioti, ‘L’usage du calcul à la production: le cas des nomogrammes pour machines-outils au XXe siècle’, Le monde du génie industriel au XXe siècle: Autour de Pierre Bézier et de machines-outils, Serge Benoit et Alain Michel (direction), Collection Sciences Humaines et Technologie, Pôle editorial de l’UTBM, Paris, 2016, 63-73.
  • Vasilis Galis, Spyros Tzokas and Aristotle Tympas, “Bodies Folded in Migrant Crypts: Dis/Ability and the Material Culture of Border-Crossing”, Societies, 2016, 6, 10.
  • Aristotle Tympas, ‘On the Hazardousness of the Concept ‘Technology’: Notes on a Conversation Between the History of Science and the History of Technology’, in Relocating the History of Science: Essays in Honor of Kostas Gavroglu,  Theodore Arabatzis, Jurgen Renn and Ana Simoes (editors), Springer, 2015, 329-342.
  • Stathis Arapostathis, Faidra Papanelopoulou and Aristotle Tympas, ‘Introduction’, in Technology and Society in Greece: Studies from the History of Technology and Science and Technology Studies, Stathis Arapostathis, Faidra Papanelopoulou and Aristotle Tympas (editors), Ekdotiki Athinon, Athens, 2015, 11-21 (in Greek).
  • Irene Anastasiadou and Aristotle Tympas, ‘Iron Silk Roads: Comparing Interwar and Post-war Transnational Asian Railway Projects’, in Linking Networks: The Formation of Common Standards and Visions for Infrastructure Development, Martin Schiefelbusch and Hans-Liudger Dienel (editors), Ashgate, England, 2014, 169-185.
  • Aristotle Tympas, ‘History and Historiography of Technology: An Introduction’, in Histories of Technology in the Twentieth Century: Electric Cars, Wooden Airplanes, French Reactors, Women Computers, Aristotle Tympas and Eirini Mergoupi-Savaidou (editors), Crete University Press, Heraclion, Greece, 2013, 1-40 (In Greek).
  • Aristotle Tympas, Stathis Arapostathis, Katerina Vlantoni, Yiannis Garyfallos, ‘Border-crossing Electrons: Critical Energy Flows to and from Greece’, in The Making of Europe’s Critical Infrastructures: Common Connections and Shared Vulnerabilities, Per Högselius, Anique Hommels, Arne Kaijser and Erik van der Vleuten (eds), Palgrave/Macmillan, UK, 2013, 157-183.
  • Aristotle Tympas, ‘Communications Revolution’, in The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Business, Labor and Economic History, Melvyn Dubofsky (editor), Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • Aristotle Tympas, ‘A Deep Tradition of Computing Technology: Calculating Electrification in the American West’, in Where Minds and Matters Meet: Technology in California and the West, Volker Janssen (editor), University of California Press, Oakland, CA, 2012, 71-101.
  • Aristotle Tympas, Hara Konsta, Theodore Lekkas and Serkan Karas, ‘Constructing Gender and Computing in Advertising Images: Feminine and Masculine Computer Parts’, in Tom Misa (editor), Gender Codes: Women and Men in the Computing Professions, IEEE Press, 2010, 187-209.
  • Aristotle Tympas and Irene Anastasiadou,  ‘An Indistinct Constellation: Mobility History in Greece’, in Mobility in History: The State of the Art in the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility, Gijs Mom, Gordon Pirie and Laurent Tissot (editors), Presses Universitaires Suisses, 2009, 201-212.
  • Aristotle Tympas, ‘From the Historical Continuity of the Engineering Imaginary to an Anti-Essentialist Conception of the Mechanical-Electrical-Electronic Relationship’, in Tensions and Convergences: Technical and Aesthetic Transformation of Society, Reinhard Heil, Andreas Kamiski, Marcus Stippak, Alexander Unger, and Marc Ziegler (editors), Verlag, Germany, 2007, 173-184.
  • Aristotle Tympas and Irene Anastasiadou, ‘The Modern Greek Pursuit of an Iron Egnatia”, in Networking Europe: Infrastructures and the Shaping of Europe, Erik van der Vleuten and Arne Kaijser (editors), Science History Publications, Canton, Massachusetts, 2006, 25-49.
  • Aristotle Tympas, ‘Between Telecommunications Efficiency and Stability: Towards an Historical Approach’, in Knowledge in the New Technologies, Gerasimos Kouzelis, Maria Pournari, Michael Stoppler, and Vasilis Tselfes (editors), Peter Lang, Bern, Switzerland, 2005, 197-212.
  • Aristotle Tympas, ‘Technology’, in New Dictionary of the History of Ideas, Maryanne Cline Horowitz (editor), Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, New York, 2004, Volume I, 2295-2297.
  • Aristotle Tympas, “Perpetually Laborious: Computing Electric Power Transmission Before the Electronic Computer”, International Review of Social History, Volume 11, Supplement, 2003, 73-95.
  • Aristotle Tympas, “What Have Been Since We Have Been Modern? A Macro-Historical Periodization based on Historigraphical Considerations on the History of Technology in Ancient and Modern Greece”, ICON,: Journal of the International Committee for the History of Technology, 2002 Volume, 76-106.
  • Aristotle Tympas, “From Digital to Analog and Back: The Ideology of Intelligent Machines in the History of the Electrical Analyzer, 1870s-1960s”, IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, Volume 18, Number 4, 1996, 42-48.

Additional Information

  • Member of the Management Team of the Coordinating Committee of the Tensions of Europe Network, 2004-present
  • Vice President of the Administrative Board of the European Studies of Society, Science and Technology International Masters Programme, 2007-present
  • Visiting Scholar, Program in Science, Technology, and Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008-2009
  • Affiliated Researcher, Swedish Institute for Disability Research, 2014-2015
  • Member of the Kranzberg Fellowship Committee of the Society for the History of Technology, 2010-2012
  • Member of the International Scholars Committee of the Society for the History of Technology, 2004-2006
  • Member of the Editorial Committee of the Journal Neusis, 2005-present


  • Chemical Heritage Foundation, Doan Fellowship, 2008-2009
  • Dibner Library, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Resident Scholar Fellowship, 2005- 2006
  • History Center of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Fellowship in Electrical History, 1997-1998
  • Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, Information Technology and Society Division, Electricity and Modern Physics Collection, Visiting Student Fellowship, 1997-1999
  • Hagley Museum and Library, Residential Fellowship, 1997
  • National Science Foundation, Dissertation Improvement Grant, 1996
  • Hagley Musum and Library, Grant-In-Aid, 1996
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, Presidential Fellowship, 1995-98