Néstor Herran

Université Pierre et Marie Curie

Néstor Herran, PhD (Autonomous University of Barcelona), is associate professor in history of science at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie. He has been visiting researcher in the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine of the University of Manchester and the Centre Alexandre Koyré in Paris. He was also Marie Curie Fellow in the University of Strasbourg with a project on the history of carbon-14 research in Europe. Since 2011, he is associate professor at the UPMC.

Herran’s main area of interest is the history of physical sciences in the 20th century, with particular interest in the history of radioactivity and nuclear technology. He has participated in several research projects, the most recent being the coordination of the UPMC team of the ERC project The Earth Under Surveillance: Climate Change, Geophysics and the Cold War Legacy, in which he participated by studying the history of transnational radiological monitoring.

Within HoNESt, Herran coordinates the work of the UPMC team, which will involve historical research on the development of the isotopes industry in Europe, and collaboration on historical research about the development of the French nuclear project as part of WP1.

Relevant Publications

Néstor Herran, 2014, “Unscare and Conceal: The United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation and the Origin of International Radiation Monitoring. In: Simone Turchetti and Peder Roberts (eds.) The Surveillance Imperative: Geosciences during the Cold War and Beyond. London: Palgrave, p. 69-84.
Néstor Herran (with Simone Turchetti & Soraya Boudia), 2012, Have we ever been transnational? Towards a history of science across and beyond borders”. British Journal for the History of Science 45(3): 319–336.
Néstor Herran, 2009, “Isotope Networks: Training, Sales and Publications on isotopes, 1946-1960”. Dynamis 29: 285-306.
Néstor Herran, 2006, “Spreading Nucleonics: the Isotope School at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment, 1951-1967”, British Journal of the History of Science 39(4): 569–586.