Nestor Herran

Nestor Herran
Sorbonne Université | UPMC · OSU Ecce Terra

PhD, associate professor of history of science

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Introduction
Nestor Herran is associate professor of history of science at Sorbonne Université. His current research deals with the history of nuclear technology and environmental sciences in the Cold War.
Additional affiliations
September 2011 - present
Sorbonne Université
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
September 2011 - present
Sorbonne Université
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Description
  • Associate professor of history of science.
September 2009 - September 2011
University of Strasbourg
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Education
June 2002 - September 2006
Autonomous University of Barcelona
Field of study
  • History of Science
September 1991 - June 1996
University of Barcelona
Field of study
  • Physics

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Publications (32)
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Creado en 1904 por el catedrático y académico José Muñoz del Castillo, el Laboratorio de Radiactividad de la Universidad Central de Madrid fue el centro de investigación y desarrollo sobre la radiactividad en la España de principios del siglo XX. Este libro recrea su historia a partir de fuentes originales y la enmarca en dos procesos contemporáneo...
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This article analyses the establishment of the first computer science university degrees in Catalonia in 1976 in a context of political transition to democracy in Spain. Based on an oral history project and the examination of the school's archives, the authors show that the development of Barcelona' School of Informatics was the result of policymak...
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We discuss the rise of modern physics in Spain during Francoism (1939–1975) within the context of culture, power, and the ongoing historical assessment of science during the dictatorship. Contrary to the idea that Francoist policy was indifferent if not hostile to modern science, and that ideology did not go deeper than the rhetorical surface, we d...
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In recent years, historians have debated the prospect of offering new ‘transnational’ or ‘global’ perspectives in their studies. This paper introduces the reader to this special issue by analysing characteristics, merits and flaws of these approaches. It then considers how historians of science have practised transnational history without, however,...
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The Isotope School was established in 1951 by the British Atomic Energy Research Establishment (AERE) at Harwell following the model of the American Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Studies. Until its dissolution in 1967, it played an important role in the expansion of radioisotope techniques in Britain and Western Europe. This paper traces the origi...
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The professionalization of computing in Spain had a key player in the Association of Information Technology Technicians (ATI), that fought for better working conditions, promotion of academic programs in computer science, and lobbying for the regulation of computing.
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On December 3, 1956, the General Assembly of the United Nations established the Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) to collect and evaluate information on the worldwide levels and the effects of ionizing radiations. The committee, which was compelled to present a complete report to the UN General Assembly by late 1958,...
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Resumen: El artículo presenta los tres artículos sobre historia de la física en España incluidos en este número de Actes, a partir de un análisis de la literatura, la discusión de los resultados de un proyecto de investigación y el análisis de la base de datos bi-bliográfica sobre este tema que han elaborado los autores. History of 20th century phy...
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Este libro trata sobre el problema histórico de ubicar la física en el franquismo. Física en la dictadura, y no durante la dictadura, porque nos interesan más las relaciones entre el laboratorio, el aula, el despacho oficial, la redacción o la central nuclear —lugares de producción de bienes y conocimiento, espacios tanto públicos como privados de...
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This paper provides a first approach to the history of Ibérica, one of the most important popular science magazines published in Spain before the Civil War. Founded in 1914 by members of the Society of Jesus based at the Ebro Observatory, Ibérica reached a weekly circulation of about 10,000 in the mid 1920s, and was instrumental in extending scienc...
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In the last decades an important revision and fragmentation of the history of science canonical narratives –based in the emergence of modern science in the West and its progress towards the establishment of industrial civilization – has taken place. In this paper we intend to analyze some of the most recent historiographical debates from the standi...
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In the last decades an important revision and fragmentation of the history of science canonical narratives –based in the emergence of modern science in the West and its progress towards the establishment of industrial civilization – has taken place. In this paper we intend to analyze some of the most recent historiographical debates from the standi...
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Abstract This paper analyses the image of science fostered by two leading, though ideologically opposed, Barcelona newspapers at the turn of the 19th century: Conservative La Vanguardia and left-wing El Diluvio. Social tensions in the city and the leading role the press played in this context are critical to uncovering both newspapers’ differing mo...
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This paper explores the use of patents as a source for the history of science by focusing on radioactivity-related patents issued in Spain in the period 1900-1936. The relevance of this source and its coherence with other historical records is particularly assessed, as well as practical aspects related to its access, analysis and interpretation. Th...
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: 1.—Introduction. 2.—The isotope market. 3.—The isotope workforce. 4.—Publica-tions. 5.—Conclusion. ABSTRACT: The aim of this paper is to provide an assessment of the spread of isotope-related techniques in Western Europe and the USA in the two first decades after World War II, by fo-cusing on structural features. In particular, I analyse three ma...

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HoNESt's central objective is to understand how societies have engaged with nuclear energy, and how the nuclear energy sector has engaged with societies, and how this has changed over the course of the past 60 years.