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Manolis Patiniotis

Basic Information

Title: Associate Professor
Area of Specialization: History of Sciences and Techniques in Modern Years
Division: History of Science and Technology

Contact details

Phone No. : (+30)    210 727 5514
Fax: (+30)    210 727 5530
E-mail: mpatin[at]phs.uoa[dot]gr
Office hours:

Every Wednesday from 12:00 to 14:30.

Website: users.uoa.gr/~mpatin/
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


  • B.Sc. in Physics, Athens University (1990).
  • M.Sc. in History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, National Technical University of Athens (1997).
  • Ph.D. from the Department of Philosophy and History of Science, Athens University (2001): The formation of scientific discourse in the Greek speaking regions of the 18th century. Principles of natural philosophy in the works of Eugenios Voulgaris and Nikiforos Theotokis.

Research interests

  • History of the sciences in European and Greek intellectual contexts during the 17th and the 18th centuries.
  • Scientific discourse and cultural context.
  • The appropriation of the 18th-century natural philosophy by the scholars of the European periphery.
  • Applications of computer science in historical inquiry.

Courses and Seminars


  • Introduction to Historiography of Science
  • Scientific Revolution
  • Modern Greek Science
  • History of Sciences and Techniques in Modern Years (18th-20th c.)


  • The sciences and the Enlightenment
  • Modern Greek Science: Historical and historiographical considerations
  • Newtonianism

Selected Publications

  • Manolis Patiniotis, “Newtonianism” στο New Dictionary of the History of Ideas (editor in chief: Maryanne Horowitz), Charles Scribner's Sons, Detroit 2005, v. 4, 1632-1638.
  • Manolis Patiniotis, “Periphery reassessed: Eugenios Voulgaris converses with Isaac Newton”, British Journal for the History of Science 2007, 40: 471-490.
  • Kostas Gavroglu, Manolis Patiniotis, Faidra Papanelopoulou, Ana Simões, Ana Carneiro, Maria Paula Diogo, José Ramón Bertomeu Sánchez, Antonio García Belmar, Agustí Nieto-Galan, “Science and Technology in the European Periphery: Some historiographical reflections”, History of Science 2008, xlvi: 153-175.
  • Manolis Patiniotis, “Origins of the Historiography of Modern Greek science”, Nuncius 2008, 23: 265-289.
  • Manolis Patiniotis, “Eclecticism and Appropriation of the New Scientific Methods by the Greek-speaking Scholars in the Ottoman Empire” in Feza Günergun, Dhruv Raina (eds.), Science between Europe and Asia: Historical Studies on the Transmission, Adoption and Adaptation of Knowledge, Springer, Dordrecht-Heidelberg-London-New York 2011, 193-206.
  • Manolis Patiniotis, “Between the local and the global: History of science in the European periphery meets post-colonial studies”, Centaurus 2013, 55: 361–384.
  • Manolis Patiniotis, Elements of Natural Philosophy: The Greek scientific thought in the 17th and the 18th centuries, Gutenberg, Athens 2013 [in Greek].
  • Pedro M. P. Raposo, Ana Simões, Manolis Patiniotis and José Ramón Bertomeu-Sánchez, “Moving Localities and Creative Circulation: Travels as Knowledge Production in 18th-Century Europe”, Centaurus, 2014, 56: 167–188.

Additional Information

  • 2001-2002: Postdoctoral fellow at the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology (MIT, Cambridge MA). Research project: “The 18th-century natural philosophy and its appropriation by the scholars of the European periphery”.
  • 2007-2008: Visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany. Research project: “Periphery Reassessed: Greek Science in the Eighteenth Century”. The research comprised part of Institute’s project “The Globalization of Knowledge and its Consequences”.
  • Foundational member of the international research group S.T.E.P. (Science and Technology in the European Periphery). S.T.E.P. is devoted to the History of Science and Technology and its main focus is the study of processes and models of circulation of scientific knowledge between European centers and peripheries from the 16th to the 19th century. The group was founded in May 1999, in Barcelona, and brings together researchers and university teachers from many European countries.