Project managers

Commissioned SHT projects are currently supervised by the following experts:

  • Prof.dr. R. (Ruth) Oldenziel
  • Dr. M. (Mila) Davids
  • Prof. H.W. (Harry) Lintsen 
  • Dr. E. (Eric) Berkers

Johan Schot

Johan Schot is scientific director of SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex (UK)and research director of the Foundation for the History of Technology. Until 2014 he was professor in social history of technology at Eindhoven University of Technology and co-directed the Foundation for Systems Innovation (KSI). Johan Schot was the program leader of the National Research Program on the History of Technology in the Netherlands in the 20th century. This program included the publication of a series of seven volumes, Ph. D. theses, monographs, and scientific and popular articles, and contributions to exhibitions, policy workshops and websites for teaching. Together with Kurt Fischer he is co-founder of the Greening of Industry Network and project leader of several EU funded international projects. Johan Schot is also chairing the network ‘Tensions of Europe, Technology and the Making of Europe’. In 2002 the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) awarded him under the Innovational Research Incentives scheme for talented scholars (highest category) a research grant to establish his own research program (see In 2009 Johan Schot was elected to the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). From September 2010 until July 2011 he worked as a fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS) in Wassenaar, writing and editing a six-volume book series ( The book series, provisionally entitled Making Europe: Technology and Transformation 1850- 2000, will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013.

Ruth Oldenziel

Ruth Oldenziel

Mila Davids

Mila Davids (1965) is assistant professor at the School of Innovation Sciences of Eindhoven University of Technology. After finishing her masters degree in Societal History at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam she worked at the Centre of Business History (Erasmus University Rotterdam), where she published on the history of institutes in the Dutch knowledge infrastructure (the Erasmus University Rotterdam (1993) and on Higher vocational training (1991)) and defended her PhD thesis (on the Denationalisation of the Dutch PTT) in October 1999. Since 1999 she has been editor in the project ‘Technology in the Netherlands in the 20thcentury’ (TIN20). In this project, she was responsible for the project ‘Industrial production’ (Volume 6). This volume, in which process innovations in industrial production during the 20th century are studied, shows how technological developments are related to company and sector related factors. At the moment she is one of the editors in the project on Dutch Business in the 20th century (BINT project). She works on the volume on Innovations in Dutch business and the knowledge infrastructure. She has published several articles in international journals and books.

She also was project leader in the SHT-project on the history of DSM research which was executed by J.W. van Rooij and resulted in The company that changed itself. R&D and the transformations of DSM (Amsterdam 2007). At the moment she is project leader of SHT-projects on the history of Unilever Research (executed by Ton van Helvoort) and a project on the innovative performance of Dutch SME’s in the 20th century.


Dr. M. (Mila) Davids
Eindhoven University of Technology
Faculty of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences
IPO-building, room 2.28
P.O. box 513
5600 MB Eindhoven
The Netherlands
Tel: 040-2474978 (or: 2043)
Fax: 040-2444602  

Harry Lintsen

Harry Lintsen (1949) is emeritus professor History of Technology of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Lintsen studied Physics at TU/e, and wrote a dissertation about the history of the engineering profession in the Netherlands. In 1980 he and some fellow researchers initiated a research programme about the history of technology in the Netherlands in the 19th and 20th century. This large-scale programme resulted in two book series (in total thirteen volumes), in which the history of the Netherlands is rewritten from a techno-societal perspective. The popular book Made in Holland. Een techniekgeschiedenis van Nederland (1800-2000) summarizes the research findings for a broad audience.

Currently, Lintsen coordinates a research project about the history of the Netherlands through the lens of sustainability. Besides that, he is involved in research projects about knowledge infrastructures in the Netherlands in the twentieth century, the history of TNO, polymerization, and catalysis.

Lintsen is one of the co-founders of the Foundation for the History of Technology. Furthermore, he is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and an honorary member of The Royal Institute of Engineers in the Netherlands (KIVI).

Ernst Homburg

Dr. Ernst Homburg (1952) is Professor of ‘History of Science and Technology, and their mutual relationships’, at Maastricht University, a chair endowed by the Foundation for the History of Technology (SHT). His research and publications focus on the interface between science and technology, and the interaction between business and universities.

He studied chemistry (MSc) in Amsterdam, and was connected to the universities of Groningen (1978-1979), Nijmegen (1979-1993) and Eindhoven (1990-1993). Early 1993 he graduated in history at Radboud University Nijmegen with a dissertation on the rise of the German chemical profession, 1790-1850. In 1993 he joined Maastricht University as assistant professor, and was appointed Professor in 2002.

From 1989 to 2003 he co-edited the SHT-book series on the History of Technology in the Netherlands in the 19th (Tin19) and 20th (Tin20) centuries, for which he wrote chapters on the chemical industry. Furthermore, he published widely on (the history of) the chemical profession, technical education, textile printing, and the environment.

From 1993 to 1997 he was a member of the steering committee of a European project on the History of Chemistry 1789-1939. He was president of the Dutch Society for the History of Medicine, Mathematics, Science, and Technology ‘GeWiNa’ (1995-1998), council member of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry (since 1996), member of the executive committee of ICOHTEC (1997-2007), and chairman of the European Working Party on the History of Chemistry (2003-2009). From 2000-2010 he was book reviews editor of Ambix.

He chaired the chemistry editors of the 8-volume New Dictionary of Scientific Biography (New York, 2007). His most recent books are Groeien door kunstmest: DSM Agro 1929-2004 (Hilversum 2004) and, with Lodewijk Palm, De geschiedenis van de scheikunde in Nederland 3: De ontwikkeling van de chemie van 1945 tot het begin van de jaren tachtig (Delft 2004). At present, he is writing a book the 150-years history of the Belgian Solvay company to be published by CUP, together with Nicolas Coupain and Kenneth Bertrams.


Prof. Dr. E (Ernst) Homburg
Maastricht University
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
PO Box 616
6200 MD Maastricht
The Netherlands
Visiting Address: 
Grote Gracht 90-92
6211 SZ Maastricht
Room B1.18
Phone: +31-(0)43-388 3314
Fax: +31-(0)43-388 4917
Private Phone: +31-(0)43-409 4462