Maria Rentetzi is Associate Professor in History and Sociology of Science and Technology at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in Greece. She earned her B.Sc. in Physics at the University of Thessaloniki and her PhD in Science and Technology Studies at Virginia Tech (VT), U.S.A. She holds an MA in History and Philosophy of Science and Technology from the NTUA and an MA in Philosophy from VT. She has written on the history of radioactivity in Europe and in the US, on the social history of nuclear science in Greece, on gender in the physical sciences and technology; on the architecture of scientific laboratories and the role of mundane objects in the sciences among other things. Her book Trafficking Materials and Gender Experimental Practices, was published by Columbia University Press (2007) and appeared on line (2007) as well as on paper (2008). The book was based on her dissertation, winner of the Gutenberg e-prize, of an Outstanding Dissertation Awardin Social Sciences by Virginia Tech and of a honorific mention from the International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science, Division of History of Science and Technology (IUHPS/DHST). The book has been widely reviewed and praised in all major academic journals (23 reviews; read reviews here). Her second book Radium Economies in Early Twentieth Century (Yale University Press, currently in preparation) focuses on the radium industry as the main source for materials needed both in laboratory work and in the medical market and as the major player in designing research in physics and medicine. She is vice president of the Commission Women and Gender in Science, Technology, and Medicine, International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science, Division of History of Science and Technology (IUHPS/DHST). Rentetzi is member of the editorial board of Advances in Historical Studies (http://www.scirp.org/journal/AHS/) published by scientific research publishing. She has been a visitor at various universities and research centers including the Max Planck Institute for History of Science, Bielefeld University, and Bates College where she was invited as a Mellon Learning Associate. Recently she was invited as consultant at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Division of Human Health on issues related to history of the Agency’s dosimetry laboratory.
Rentetzi has initiated the founding of the annual Athens- Kavala conference in Science and Technology Studies, a joint undertaking of the National Technical University of Athens and the Municipality of Kavala.
- Knowledge in a Box, 26-29 July 2012, Kavala, Greece
- Tobacco Roads: Technology Transfer in Tobacco Industry during the Early Twentieth Century, 5-7 July 2013, Kavala, Greece