Helge Kragh

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Helge Kragh
BornFebruary 13, 1944
Alma materUniversity of Copenhagen, Roskilde University
Known forHistory of cosmology, relativity, quantum mechanics
AwardsAbraham Pais Prize for History of Physics (2019)
Scientific career
FieldsScience historian
InstitutionsAarhus University, Denmark

Helge Stjernholm Kragh (born February 13, 1944) is a Danish historian of science.


Kragh studied mathematics and physics at the University of Copenhagen before obtaining his PhD in 1981 at the University of Roskilde. He is a professor emeritus at the Centre for Science Studies of Aarhus University.(see http://css.au.dk/en/academic-staff/).

Kragh's areas of study are the history of physics from the mid-19th century onward, the history of astronomy, the history of cosmology and the history of chemistry.

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Selected writings[edit]

  • Dirac– a scientific biography. Cambridge University Press 1990, 2005, ISBN 0521017564
  • Quantum Generations – a history of physics in the 20. Century. Princeton University Press, 1999
  • An introduction to the historiography of Science. Cambridge University Press, 1987
  • Matter and Spirit in the Universe – scientific and religious preludes to modern cosmology. 2004
  • Conceptions of Cosmos – from myth to the accelerating universe. Oxford University Press, 2006
  • Cosmology and Controversy – the historical development of two theories of the universe. Princeton University Press, 1999
  • The Moon that wasn't – the saga of Venus' spurious satellite. Birkhäuser, 2008
  • Entropy Creation – religious contexts of thermodynamics and cosmology. Ashgate, London 2008
  • Editor (with David Knight): The Making of the Chemist: The Social History of Chemistry in Europe, 1789–1914. Cambridge University Press, 1998
  • with Peter C. Kjargaard, Henry Nielsen: Science in Denmark- through a thousand years. Aarhus University Press, 2009
  • List of Kragh's publication at Aarhus University


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