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Ilja Nieuwland


  • Name: Dr Ilja Nieuwland
  • Position: Editor/Researcher
  • Departments: History of Science / Digital Data Management
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  • Telephone: +31 (0)6 234 078 07
  • Regular office days: Tuesday, Thursday
  • Specializations: History of natural history, museum history.

Ilja Nieuwland (1970) studied Political History and Biology at the University of Groningen and subsequently worked at the universities of Groningen and Potsdam. He has been affiliated with Huygens ING since 2008, currently working as a web editor and researcher for the Digitaal Wetenschapshistorisch Centrum (DWC). In addition, he develops and supports initiatives in the history of science and is part of the research group for the history of science. His research focus lies on the modern history of the earth sciences and evolutionary biology.

In addition to his tasks for the DWC he wrote a thesis on the influence of Andrew Carnegie’s Diplodocus fossil on European science and popular culture in the early twentieth century under the title: The Colossal Stranger. A Cultural History of Diplodocus carnegii, 1902-1913. The book version is to appear in 2019 year with University of Pittsburgh Press under the title American Dinosaur Abroad. A Cultural History of Carnegie’s Plaster Diplodocus.


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