Dr. Aske Nielsen

Biographical Note

Aske Hennelund Nielsen is research fellow at the Chair of Science, Technology and Gender Studies at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. In 2024, he started his Habilitation at the Chair. From 2022 to 2024, Nielsen was a postdoctoral researcher in the ERC-project “Living with Radiation: The Role of the International Atomic Energy Agency in the History of Radiation Protection”. Nielsen completed his PhD at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense, Denmark in 2020 with the dissertation “Danish Nuclear Culture from 1945 to 1963: Imaginaries of the Practical Applications of Nuclear Energy in Post-War Denmark”. Following his PhD, Nielsen worked as a museum curator at Museum Give in Give, Denmark.


During his time within the “Living with Radiation”-project, Nielsen examined two main research strands. Firstly, the early history of the formation of radiation protection and radiation standards in the inter-war period in an international context, especially within the International Radiological Congress. Secondly, Nielsen has studied how the International Atomic Energy Agency collaborated with other international organizations in the post-war period. Nielsen has especially focused here on the World Meteorological Organization. Currently, Nielsen is researching the history of radiology and nuclear medicine in an international perspective.


Nielsen was the main editor for the edited volume VAERK: Museumssamlinger, politik og opbygning published in 2023 by Aarhus University Press and also contributed to the volume. In 2024, Nielsen co-organized the winter school “Transnational_History_Lab” in Nürnberg with over 25 international scholars coming together to further develop the concept of transnational history.


Research interests

  • Nuclear Culture(s) in Transnational Perspectives
  • Scientific Objects
  • Scientific Communities and Actors
  • The History of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine
  • The History of Science and Technology