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Magnus Vollset

Associate Professor, history of medicine, history of science

My overarching research interests are transnational history of medicine, particularly leprosy, and the use of historical objects in teaching and outreach. In my PhD thesis Globalizing Leprosy (2013), I examined how knowledge about the leprosy bacillus was disseminated and its impact on diagnosis, treatment, and prophylaxis.

I have published books on the history of urban infrastructure (2007), meteorology (with Yngve Nilsen, 2016), dentistry (with Håkon Haugland, 2016) and geophysics (with Gunnar Ellingsen and Rune Hornnes, 2018). I have also contributed to the University of Bergen’s history scientific history (forthcoming, 2022), and I am affiliated with the Pandemic Centre. My latest publication (with Kathleen Vongasthorn) analyzes how leprosy’s medieval past was made relevant, reinterpreted, and reinvented in the 19th century.

I am the secretary general for the Bergen Society for the Adcvancement of Sciences, on the board of Bymuseet i Bergen (deputy), and on the steering committee in the Norwegian museum network for health- and medical history. I head the committee planning the 2023 Armauer Hansen anniversary (150 years since the discovery of leprosy bacillus). I give tours at the Armauer Hansen Commemorative Room (contact me for an appointment).

I represent scientific staff at the Department council at the Department of Global Health and Primary Care, and represent scientific staff in the Programme Board for the PhD programme at the Faculty of Medicine.

I teach various courses at the Faculty of Medicine, and at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. Students interested in supervision for history-related projects may contact me by mail.

See registrations in Cristin (updated annually).

Teaching portfolio: https://vollset.w.uib.no/ 

Academic article
  • Show author(s) (2015). Climate in meteorology, meteorology in climate studies . History of meteorology. iv-v.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Asking too much? Postwar climate research in Norway, 1947-1961. History of meteorology. 83-97.
Academic lecture
  • Show author(s) (2022). Hero or villain? Preserving Hansen's legacy in Bergen, Norway.
  • Show author(s) (2022). A retrial for Hansen?
  • Show author(s) (2021). Medisinhistoriens (og Minnerommets) fremtid.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Farlig og smittsomt. Pandemier har også formet helsevesenet.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Pandemier og smittevern gjennom tidene.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Pandemier og smittevern gjennom historien: 400 år på 40 minutter.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Medisinhistoriens fremtid ?
Feature article
  • Show author(s) (2021). Slik tar en pandemi slutt. Bergens Tidende.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

  • A scientific history of the University of Bergen (2018-2021)