Juan Félix Pimentel Igea

Email: juan.pimentel [at] cchs.csic.es
Phone: (+34) 916022490
Office: 2B18
Investigador Científico de OPIS
Instituto de Historia
Departamento de Historia de la Ciencia
Group: Mundialización y Mundanización de la Ciencia
Juan Pimentel Igea

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Biography

Juan Pimentel is Scientific Researcher at the Department of History of Science (IH, CCHS, CSIC). He has been Visiting Scholar at the HPS, University of Cambridge, and Visiting Professor at the Alexandre Koyré Centre, EHESS, Paris. Among his books, La física de la Monarquía. Alejandro Malaspina 1754-1810 (Doce Calles, 1998), Testigos del mundo. Ciencia, literatura y viajes en la Ilustración (Marcial Pons, 2003); El Rinoceronte y el Megaterio (Abada, 2010, translated into English and published by Harvard University Press as The Rhinoceros and the Megatherium. An essay in Natural History, 2017). He has been the curator of the exhibition Cartografías de lo desconocido (BNE, 2017, along with Sandra Sáenz López) and Una vuelta al mundo en la BNE (BNE, 2020).

His most recent projects have been “Imagined Natures” (HAR2010-15099, 2011/2014); “Images and spectres of the Iberian Science, XVIth-XVIIIth centuries.” (HAR2014-52157-P, 2015/2019); and “Knowledge from the two Indies. The Materia Medica in the Ibearian Colonial world, XVIth-XVIIth centuries” (PID2019-106449GB-I00, 2020/2023). He also collaborates with the MSCA project, funded by the European Commission, HISPANEMA, Hidden Spaces of American Natural History in Early Modern Central Europe. Reconstruction of Memory and Experience Narrated by Things (directed by Jana Çerna, 2020/2022).

Juan Pimentel is a cultural historian of science. He has explored the links between natural knowledge, social theory, writing and lately visual culture. Though most of his research takes place in Early Modern colonial spaces, he has also worked in other scenarios, in other moments too.  Plants, maps, fossils, instruments, and travellers have usually been his favourite objects and subjects. He enjoys public understanding of science, outreach activities, and science communication. He is member of Marcial Pons Editorial Board since 2004. He has attended conferences and seminars in prestigious centers and universities in Europe, UK, USA, Canada, and Latin America. His most recent book is Fantasmas de la ciencia española (Marcial Pons, 2020).