Symposium 8

In Foreign Lands: The Migration of Scientists for Political or Economic Reasons

Maria Teresa Borgato | University of Ferrara, Italy
Christine Phili | National Technical University of Athens, Greece


Chairs: Maria Teresa Borgato & Christine Phili

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Afternoon Session | 15:30-17:30
Venue: NHRF Seminar Room

Eberhard Knobloch | Euler in St. Petersburg and in Berlin

Maria Teresa Borgato | J.-L. Lagrange’s mathematical life in Berlin and Paris

Dmitri Gouzevitch | Les frères Delisle en Russie, ou les Victimes de l’historiographie et du scorbut

Christine Phili | A Corfiot Scientist in the Russian Empire: The case of Nikephoros Theotokis (1731-1800)

Evening Session | 18:00-20:00
Venue: NHRF Seminar Room

Alessandra Fiocca | R.G. Boscovich from Rome to Paris through Pavia

Maria Giulia Lugaresi | Boscovich and the matter about the Mediterranean harbors

Irina Gouzevitch | Augustin Betancourt entre l’Espagne et la Russie : les pérégrinations européennes d’un expert technique savant des Lumières (fin du XVIIIe – début du XIXe siècle)

Luigi Pepe | Friends of France: Italian Mathematicians in Exile between the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

Friday, September 13, 2019

Morning Session | 09:00-11:00
Venue: NHRF Seminar Room

Ana Cardoso de Matos | La mobilité des experts dans le monde et la diffusion des connaissances scientifiques sur les barrages : les cas d’André Coyne (1891-1960) et d’Alfred Stucky (1892-1969) au Portugal

Laurent Mazliak and Thomas Perfettini | So far and yet so close. The exile of Russian mathematicians in Paris in the 1920s

Sergei Fokin | Roads of Russian zoologists-emigrants

Antoni Roca-Rosell | Aldo Mieli (1879-1950) and the origin of the history of science in Spain. From the set up to the dissolution of the Spanish Group

Noon Session | 11:30-13:30
Venue: NHRF Seminar Room

Annette Vogt | Mathematicians and their escape from Nazi Germany and Europe (1933-1939/45)

Martina Bečvářová | Czechoslovakia – a good place to live in? (immigration and emigration from the point of view of mathematicians)

Erika Luciano | Jewish intellectual diaspora and the circulation of mathematics: Alessandro Terracini in Argentina (1939-1948)

Afternoon Session | 15:30-17:30
Venue: NHRF Seminar Room

M.J. Ratcliff | One-way circulation from Nazi Europe to free countries: Jean Piaget help to Jewish female psychologists during WWII

George N. Vlahakis | “Physical chemistry in Greece before and after World War II as a case study for the role of politics on science and scientists”

General Discussion | The migration of scientists in the globalized world

About the Symposium

Many mathematicians and scientists, in general, have worked extensively in countries other than those of their origin. The reasons may have been, in different periods, political or economic. The lack of suitable employment opportunities in their countries, the adverse political systems and wars have often led to the migration of scientists who played an important role in spreading scientific knowledge. This phenomenon is recurrent in past centuries. The symposium aims to analyze, starting from particular cases, the situations that, in many cases, have changed the scientific landscape, the tradition and very future of studies and research.
Symposium contributions will concern, in particular: Euler, Lagrange and Boscovich’s scientific biographies, migrations of scientists from France, Spain and Greece to Russia in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and from Russia to France in the twentieth century, exiles from Italy before the Italian Risorgimento, migrations inside Europe and the escape of mathematicians from Nazi Europe, between the two World Wars, and the mobility of experts around the world.