Friedrich Steinle is a Professor of History of Science at the Institute of History of Philosophy, Literature, Science and Technology at Technische Universität Berlin.
Friedrich Steinle studied Physics in Karlrsuhe and obtained a doctorate in History of Natural Sciences at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen. He subsequently worked as a research associate for a DFG (German Research Foundation) project financed by third-party funds in Göttingen. After that he received a professorial dissertation scholarship from the DFG (German Research Foundation) and a research grant at Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris. He became a Senior Fellow at the Dibner Institute for the History of Science in Cambridge, MA and a research associate at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. In 2000 he acquired his post-doctoral professorial qualification at Technische Universität Berlin in »History and Philosophy of the Natural Sciences«. In 2004, Steinle became Professor of »Histoire et Épistemologie des Sciences« at Université de Lyon. In the same year he transferred to Bergische Universtität Wuppertal (the University of Wuppertal) to work as a Professor of History of Science and Technology. In Wuppertal he also served as Acting Head of the »Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Wissenschafts- und Technikforschung: Normative und Historische Grundlagen (IZWT)«, before taking over as Professor at Technische Universität Berlin in 2009.
In 2001 Friedrich Steinle was awarded a research prize by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geschichte der Medizin, Naturwissenschaften und Technik (German Association for the History of Science, Medicine and Technology (DGGMNT)). He is a member of the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina in Halle (Academy of Sciences Leopoldina) and the Akademie der Wissenschaften und Literatur, (Academy of Art, Science and Literature) Mainz and serves as Chairman of the DGGMNT.
History and philosophy of the experiment: historical dynamics in the forming of scientific terminology, history of electricity and magnetism, history of colour research.