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Mag. Dr. Sonja Walch

Main Researcher

University of Vienna
Department of Contemporary History
Spitalgasse 2, Hof 1
1090 Vienna
+43 (0) 1-4277-41238

Curriculum Vitae:

1997–04:Mag. pharm., University of Vienna, in Pharmacy. Master Thesis: Thai Medicinal Plants for the Treatment of Opportunistic Infections.
2003–04:Guest Researcher at the University of Pharmacy, Chiang Mai, and the Mahidol University, Bangkok, Department of Pharmacognosy
2004–05:Training as apothecary (completed with approbation)
2006–07:Research Assistant, Faculty of Life Sciences, Department of Medicinal/Pharmaceutical Chemistry
2006–09:Doctoral Program for the History and Philosophy of Science, University of Vienna
2008:Guest Researcher, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
2009:'Bader-Preis'-award for the History of Natural Sciences of the Austrian Academy of Sciences for the project design of "Tropical Botany in Exile"
2011:Dr. phil., University of Vienna, Department of History. Dissertation: Sex Hormones in the Laboratory. The Experiments of Eugen Steinach and his Cooperation with Schering 1910–1938
since 2012:Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Contemporary History, University of Vienna
2014Smithsonian Postdoctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Institution Archives and the National Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C.

Grant-holder of the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies

Research Interests:

  • History and philosophy of the laboratory sciences

  • History of botany in the 20th century

  • History of pharmacy and medicine


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