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Giuditta Parolini

Giuditta Parolini


PhD in Science, Technology, and Humanities, University of Bologna (2010-2013).


Current position (2013): Postdoctoral Fellow, Technische Universität Berlin, Institut für Philosophie, Literatur-, Wissenschafts- und Technikgeschichte.


May 2013, Ph.D., Science, Technology, and Humanities, University of Bologna, Italy.

Dissertation title: 'Making sense of figures': Statistics, computing and information technologies in agriculture and biology in Britain, 1920s-1960s. Supervisors: Staffan Mueller-Wille (Exeter) and Giuliano Pancaldi (Bologna).

November 2009: MSc degree in History of Science, Medicine and Technology, London Centre for the History of Science, UK.

Dissertation title: DNA goes digital. Computers, models and visualization strategies for proteins and nucleic acids. Supervisor: dr. Jon Agar, STS Department, University College London.

November 2005: Master in Science Communication – ISAS (International School for Advanced Studies), Trieste, Italy.

Dissertation title: “One Hundred Years Fermi”. Science Communication by radio drama.

March 2003: “Laurea” (Undergraduate Degree) in Theoretical Physics, University of Pavia, Italy.

Dissertation title: Lie Algebras and Conformal Field Theory.


History of technology in the 20th century with a special attention for the use of technologies in molecular biology and biomedicine; history of computing; history of science in the 20th century; visual cultures of science in the 20th century.

Publications and Conferences

- Olivetti Elea 9003: Between Scientific Research and Computer Business

IFIP Vol. 269; History of Computing and Education 3 (J. Impagliazzo ed.) Boston, Springer (2008): 37-53.

- World Computer Congress (Milan, September 2008)

Olivetti Elea 9003: Between Scientific Research and Computer Business (talk)

- BSHS Postgraduate Conference (CHSTM, Manchester, January 2009)

Manufacturing a mainframe. Olivetti Elea 9003: a case of research, retail, reshape (talk)

Professional experience

Press Officer of the National Institute for the Physics of Matter (INFM-CNR) (January 2007 – July 2008).

Author and editor consultant for the Institute of the Italian Encyclopedia Treccani, Rome (2004 – 2008) and the publisher Zanichelli, Bologna (2005-2007).

Researcher in Science Communication for ICS Trieste (Innovations in the Communication of Science) sponsored by Fondazione A. Buzzati-Traverso (2005-2006, part-time).

Ontologist for the R&D Division of CM Sistemi, Rome (2005-2006).

Linguistic competences

Good knowledge of oral and written English. IELTS (May 2008): Overall Band Score: 8.


Omnivorous reader – from poetry to essays – and passionate listener of music (jazz, classical music).