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RESEARCHER

 

 Dr. Aitor Anduaga

 
Basque Museum of the History of Medicine
Telf.: 946012790 / Fax: 946013211
Odontology and Medicine Faculty
University of the Basque Country

Barrio Sarriena, n/n
E-48940-Leioa

 

CAREER

 

Ikerbasque research professor working at the Basque Museum of the History of Medicine and Science (Museo Vasco de la Historia de la Medicina y de la Ciencia) of the UPV/EHU since 2009.  The Ikerbasque Basque Foundation for Science was created by the Basque government in 2007 to promote research.
Degree in Physics from the University of Barcelona (1991) and in Philosophy from the UNED (1996). Specialist in Registration and Administration of Archives, Museums and Historical Patrimony (Registro y Administración en Archivos, Bibliotecas, Museos y Patrimonio Histórico) from Deusto University (1999). Doctor in Physics with an extraordinary doctorate prize from the UPV/EHU (2001).
He was a professor at the Universidad de Mondragón (1992) and an assistant researcher in the Department of Physical Theory and History of Science of the UPV/EHU (1995-2002). He was a postdoctoral researcher at the Universities of Oxford (2002-2005), Sidney (2003), Toronto and Montreal (2004) and a Visiting Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin (2005) and the National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington (2006). He was also a Visiting Professor at the Ateneo de Manila University (2011–2016) and the Instituto Superior de Tecnología y Ciencias Aplicadas of La Habana (2011).
He has participated in educational courses and seminars at Oxford University (2002-2005), the Max Planck Institute in Berlin (2005) and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington (2006). He has collaborated as a researcher with Eusko Ikaskuntza (2007–2008), the García Siñeríz Foundation in Madrid (2007) and the Spanish State Meteorology Agency (2011–2012). His research career has been positively evaluated by the Ikerbasque Foundation on 3 occasions (3 triennia).
His lines of research have mainly been focused on the social history of science and technology. He is interested in studying the influence of social and economic factors on the development of physical theories. His main works are: Wireless and Empire. Geopolitics, Radio Industry and Ionosphere in the British Empire (Oxford University Press, 2009); and Geophysics, Realism and Industry. How Commercial Interests Shaped Geophysical Conceptions, 1900-1960 (Oxford University Press, 2016).
He has directed 8 research projects and participated as a researcher in another 8. He is the author of 10 research monographs published in English and Spanish by distinguished publishing companies like Oxford University Press, Ateneo de Manila University Press and the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas. He is the author of fifteen works published in international peer reviewed scientific journals, indexed in SJR and CiteScore, and of entries in internationally renowned biographies and encyclopaedias like New Dictionary of Scientific Biography (New York, 2007) and Oxford Research Encyclopaedias. Climate Science (2018). From 2014 to 2018, he developed the research project Basques and the Philippines. Lives, Works and Ideas: A Selected Bio-bibliography, whose results will be published in 2019 by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines in 4 volumes. On Basque questions he has also published the books Scientia in Vasconia. Ochenta biografías de cientificos e ingenieros vascos (Ttartalo, 2008) and La cadena vasca. Educación, poder social, tecnología y rendimiento industrial, 1776-1900 (Serbal, 2010).
His career as a researcher has resulted in his being awarded the ‘Ritter Memorial Fellowship’ (2019) from the University of California and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. In addition, his work Wireless & Empire (Oxford, 2009) was a finalist for the ‘2010 Marc-Auguste Pictet Prize’ organized  by the Société de Physique et d’Histoire Naturelle of Geneva, which awards a prize every two years to a significant contribution to the history of science. Similarly, his work Cyclones & Earthquakes: The Jesuits, Prediction, Trade, & Spanish Dominion in Cuba & the Philippines, 1850-1898 (Manila, 2017) has been nominated for the Philippine ‘National Book Awards’ in the section for non-literary books.

 

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