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Faidra Papanelopoulou

Basic Information

Title: Lecturer
Area of Specialization: History of Physics
Division: History of Science and Technology

Contact details

Phone No. : (+30) 210 727 5510
Fax: (+30) 210 727 5530
E-mail: fpapanel[at]phs.uoa[dot]gr
Office hours: Thursday, 12:30-15:00
Website: www.phs.uoa.gr/hst/Faculty/Papanelopoulou.html
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


  • 2004 :D.Phil in History of Science, Modern History Faculty, University of Oxford
    Thesis title: The emergence of thermodynamics in mid-nineteenth-century France
    Supervisor: Pr. R. Fox,
    Examiners: Pr. J.L.Heilbron, Pr. C. Smith
  • 2000:MSc in Economic and Social History, Modern History Faculty, University of Oxford
    Dissertation title: Popular science writing in France, 1850-1895,
    Supervisor: Pr. R. Fox.
  • 1999: BA in History and Philosophy of Science,
    Dpt of Philosophy and History of Science, University of Athens.

Research interests

  • History of the Physical Sciences
  • Science Popularization
  • The Public Image of Science and Technology

Courses and Seminars



  • History of the Physical Sciences

Elective – Compulsory:

  • Scientific Revolution
  • Women in Science
  • Special topics in the History of Physics and Chemistry


The history and historiography of Science Popularization

Selected Publications

Research articles and book chapters
  • F. Papanelopoulou (2009) «The International Association of Refrigeration though the correspondence of Kamerligh Onnes and Edouard Guillaume, 1908-1914», Annals of Science, 66/3: 345-370.
  • F. Papanelopoulou & P. Kjaegaard, (2009). « Science in the Press: The public images of science and technology in fin-de-siècle Denmark, Greece and Spain», Centaurus, 51/2: 89-96 .
  • E. Mergoupi-Savaidou, F. Papanelopoulou, S. Tzokas (2009). «The public image(s) of science and technology in the Greek daily press, 1908-1910», Centaurus, 51/2: 116-42.
  • F. Papanelopoulou (2008). «The emergence of thermodynamics in mid-nineteenth-century France. A matter of national style?». In: N. Herran, T. Lanuza, J. Simon, eds., Beyond Borders: Fresh Perspectives in the History of Science, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing: 249-268.
  • K. Gavroglu, M. Patiniotis, F. Papanelopoulou, A. Simões, A. Carneiro, M. P. Diogo,  R. Bertomeu-Sanchez, A. Garcia-Belmar, A. Nieto-Galan (2008). «Science and Technology in the European Periphery. Some Historiographical Reflections». History of Science, 46: 153--75.
  • F. Papanelopoulou (2006), ‘Gustave-Adolphe Hirn (1815-1890) engineering thermodynamics in mid-nineteenth century France’, British Journal for the History of Science, 39 (2): 231-254.
  • F. Papanelopoulou (2003). «Paris-Province. Energy physics in mid-nineteenth-century France». La revue de la Maison Française, v.1, n. 2 (2003), pp. 95-116
  • F. Papanelopoulou, A. Nieto-Galan, Enrique Perdiguero (eds), (2009) Popularizing Science and Technology in the European periphery, 1800-2000, Ashgate.
Conference Proceedings
  • F. Papanelopoulou (2008, forthcoming), «Between Physics and Chemistry: Early low tempature research», in Proceedings of the 6th International Conference of the History of Chemistry «Neighbours and Territories. The Evolving Identity of Chemistry», Leuven 28 August-1 September 2007.
Book and Conference Reviews
  • Φ. Παπανελοπούλου (2006), «Βιβλιοκριτική: M. Atten, D. Pestre (2002). Heinrich Hertz. L’administration de la preuve. Paris: PUF», Νεύσις, 15, σελ. 205-207
  • Φ. Παπανελοπούλου, Γ. Πέτρου, Χρ. Χριστοπούλου (2003), «Πρακτικά του Συνεδρίου του STEP, Αίγινα 2002: Επιστημονικά και Τεχνολογικά Εγχειρίδια στην Ευρωπαϊκή Περιφέρεια», Νεύσις, 11, σελ. 177-93
  • Φ. Παπανελοπούλου (2009), «Η αρχή διατήρησης της ενέργειας και οι απαρχές της θερμοδυναμικής. Ιστορικά και Ιστοριογραφικά ζητήματα». Καλδής, Β. (επ.). Ανθολόγιο. Οι Επιστήμες του ανθρώπου και της φύσης στην Ευρώπη. Ελληνικό Ανοικτό Πανεπιστήμιο. Πάτρα.

Additional Information

Post-doctoral Fellowships
  • 2009-2012: Marie Curie Re-Integration Grant, University of Athens, Dpt of Philosophy and History of Science, Athens, Greece. Research Project: Cold goes South. The emergence of refrigeration technologies in the European South. The case of Greece 1895-1974). 2007-2009: Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship,
  • Maison des Sciences de l’Homme/ Groupe d’Etude des Μéthodes et d’Analyse Sociologique, Paris, France. Research Project: Origins and Evolution of Artificial Cold in Europe, 1870-1970: Exploring Science/Technology/Industry Interfacing.
  • 2004-2005: Post doctoral fellowship at the Centre A. Koyré (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales), Paris, France (funded by the French Ministry of Education). Research project: The emergence of thermodynamics in mid-nineteenth-century France.

Member or scientific societies:

  • British Society for the History of Science
  • History of Science Society
  • STEP (Science and Technology in the European Periphery)